Environmental impact

Key metrics for 2019 show that:

  • We used almost 141 million kWh of energy (electricity, gas and fuel oil), showing a continued reduction from 171 million kWh in 2017 and 149 million kWh in 2018 (i.e. 5% reduction 2018-19).  We used just over 6 million kWh of renewable electricity in our Irish estates.
  • Our net carbon footprint reduced by around 14% between 2018 and 2019.
  • The transport we use released a total of approximately 7,100 tonnes of CO2 (a 21% increase from 2018 due to improved data capture and increased travel to and from Hyderabad and the USA).
  • On average, each of our colleagues used 458 kWh of electricity per month (2% reduction between 2018 and 2019).
  • We sold 81 tonnes of paper/card packaging, 24 tonnes of glass bottles and 1 tonne of plastic packaging via our stadia bars, restaurants, snack bars and UK retail shops.
  • We diverted 6,166 tonnes of waste away from landfill (i.e. recycled or energy from waste), amounting to almost 97% of our UK wastes.

Although we’re a low-impact company, we aren’t complacent and recognise that we have the following main environmental aspects:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and transport.
  • Physical wastes from offices, shops and stadia.
  • Other environmental risks associated with our day-to-day activities.
  • Sustainability choices, especially in terms of our supply chain and transport.

We monitor these impacts each year and have objectives and targets set to reduce them.  This includes a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% over the period 2018 to 2021.

In addition we monitor the weight of packaging used at our UK stadia and shops.  The data is reported to the UK Environment Agency via a registered compliance scheme each year (in accordance with the Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007).  We’ve focussed on reducing the quantity of single use plastics and increasing the proportion of reusable, recyclable and/or sustainable containers and cutlery we use for food and drink, with a resulting drop in the quantity of plastic packaging we now use.  A large proportion of our packaging wastes are recycled (e.g. glass, metal, paper/card).

Our approach to the environment and the community goes beyond our own business. Our suppliers’ corporate responsibility agenda relating to the environment is also assessed before we enter into contractual arrangements.

We believe that by aligning our interests we can make a contribution towards sustaining our environment.

Our Environmental policy statement is available to download here.