For the third year running, Sport Positive (which supports sports organisations to increase ambition and action on climate change) has released the Premier League Sustainability Table.
Clubs are awarded points based on the following categories:
- Policy and commitment
- Clean energy
- Energy efficiency
- Sustainable transport
- Single-use plastic reduction or removal
- Waste management
- Water efficiency
- Plant-based or low-carbon food
- Communications and engagement
The sustainability table is a fun way of encouraging clubs to engage in a bit inter-club competition off the pitch, and there are some great initiatives underway, including:
· Promoting sustainable transportation for players and fans
· Creating homes for bats and hedgehogs
· Introducing more plant based menus
· Recycling kits
· Planting trees, hedges and wildflowers
However, when you consider that the premier league’s global audience, rose to 3.2bn for the 2018/19 season, the greatest opportunity is with the sports power to influence it’s fan base. Claire Poole, the CEO of Sport Positive Summit, said:
“The power of sport within the climate crisis is the platform and influence it has to drive this change,”.
Big brands are all too aware of the influence high profile player can command and we are accustomed to seeing them advertising anything from aftershave to crisps. The opportunity to use this influence as a force for good and to accelerate action on climate change cannot be underestimated; this is why the work that Sport Positive is doing is so exciting and valuable.