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Member focus: Arsenal join UN climate action plan 

Well done to Arsenal on becoming the first Premier League club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. The UN initiative brings together the global sports community with a commitment to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and support the ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Here are some of the initiatives undertaken by the club in recent years: 

  • The UK’s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage in 2018. The battery storage system can power the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium for an entire match.
  • Planted more than 29,000 trees at the club’s training centre in London Colney since 1999, creating the Colney Wood.
  • Installed a water recycling system at the training centre to reuse water that comes from the pitch – in the last year, this has seen more than 4.5 million litres of water recycled.
  • Became the first Premier League club to switch to 100% green electricity.
  • Saving 20,000 single-use plastic cups per game when the Emirates Stadium is full through a reusable cup scheme.
  • Has water dispensers across all sites – saving 150,000 single-use plastic water bottles per year.
  • Reduced energy by installing automated LED lighting at all club sites.