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PROVIDING A WORLD LEADING, INSPIRATIONAL VENUE

Our ambition is to provide a world leading, inspirational venue, which involves implementing a best practice sustainability strategy at Wembley Stadium.



Since the Stadium opened in 2007, we have made huge improvements to reduce our environmental impacts through our Environmental Management System (EMS) which obtained certification to the ISO 14001 international standard in 2013. We’ve implemented a number of energy improvement activities, saving us £6.5 million between 2007 and 2015, including our LED arch. We’ve been a zero waste to landfill venue since 2010, working in partnership with Veolia to send our food waste for anaerobic digestion, our recycling to a materials recovery facility and our general waste to an energy recovery facility. We also look for alternative routes to reuse our waste products; for example, soil from our pitch renovation was reused in Gladstone Park and Northwick Park in Brent as top soil. Similarly, we also donate unwanted merchandise and furniture to charity.



We are now focusing our attention on our bowl events, seeking to effectively manage both our environmental and social impacts through the Event Sustainability Management System we’re developing. We’re committing to achieve certification to the international standard ISO 20121:2012 for our Event Sustainability Management System in 2018. This will mean minimising the environmental impact of our bowl events and seeking to make a positive impact on the lives of the people within our supply chain and the local community. We’ve developed a Sustainable Events Policy to align our bowl event-related activities to our values of inclusivity, leadership, responsibility and efficiency as outline in our Statement of Purpose and Values. Through this policy, we aim to ensure our events are accessible to all, demonstrate leadership in event sustainability management, ensure our people and the local community are treated with respect, and reduce the environmental impacts of our events by maximising efficiencies.



The FA Group Environmental Policy

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The FA Group Sustainable Events Policy

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The FA Group Statement of Purpose & Values

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Going Green

The Going Green document is a report which details Wembley Stadium and The FA commitment to improving environmental performance. The report shows how environmental achievements have been made at the Stadium with case studies of individual projects. See the Going Green 2011 report here and the latest version, Going Greener 2013, can be found here

Energy

Wembley Stadium is powered by 100% renewable energy. From 2007 to 2014 we have reduced electricity use and related carbon emissions by a whopping 30%. The Green Team has implemented many procedures to ensure that all business activities are as efficient as possible… You will notice that the iconic arch is only lit on event days and special occasions. It uses the same amount of electricity to power the floodlights at Wembley for one football match as it does for you to watch 20,936 football matches on TV at home

Waste

Wembley Stadium is a 'zero waste to landfill venue’. The majority of the waste is diverted out of the general waste stream as mixed recycling and food waste. The mixed recycling is taken away to be sorted and recycled; food and liquid waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant to be broken down and energy and fertiliser are produced as a by-product. The remaining general waste is sent to a 'waste to energy' facility where energy is generated and returned to the National Grid. In 2013 the Stadium was one of the first organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard for reducing the carbon emissions associated with waste management.

Water

Wembley Stadium’s water consumption is, unsurprisingly, greatest on event days when up to 90,000 people use our facilities. On non-event days, maintenance activities such as cleaning, jet-washing and watering the pitch consume a significant amount of water. The Green Team continues to work on a number of water-saving initiatives around the Stadium. To keep the pitch in world class condition it is watered up to 4 times a day in the summer, using approximately 10,000,000 litres of water a year.

Transport

As a ‘public transport venue’ Wembley Stadium benefits from three major stations and five train /underground lines. Our Green Travel Plan aims to reduce the number of people travelling to the Stadium by car and encourage alternative means of travel which have less environmental impact. We encourage all our visitors to use public transport when visiting Wembley. Travelling by train produces 25% less carbon emissions than traveling by car

Awards and Certifications

ISO 14001 Certification

In December 2013 Wembley Stadium was successfully audited by a third-party accredited organisation and achieved certification to ISO 14001, the international standard that sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and its implementation.

Industry Green Three Star Award

Wembley Stadium has been awarded the Industry Green Three Star Award for continued and improved environmental performance. Wembley Stadium is the first stadium and only the third venue to be awarded the three star award which is the highest category. This award is testament to the excellent work that is carried out by our employees and the support from across the business.

Green Tourism Award

Wembley Stadium has been awarded a prestigious Gold award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. An on-site audit awarded the Stadium 85% and commended the excellent achievements regarding environmental improvements. In addition Wembley Stadium was awarded the Green Tourism GoldStar Award in the annual awards ceremony for its outstanding achievements.

Carbon Trust Treble

Wembley Stadium is the first stadium to get the treble – the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon reduction, water and waste. The Stadium also featured in the world's first Carbon Footprinting Gallery in London. The exhibition was held at the Future Gallery to celebrate pioneering companies that are shaping the future of carbon footprinting.

The Stadium Business Awards 2012

Wembley Stadium won the international Sustainability Award at The Stadium Business Awards 2012. The award recognised the achievement, success and leadership demonstrated by our employees.

Green Apple Award

In 2012, our former ‘Green Team’ at Wembley Stadium was awarded the Gold category award at the prestigious Green Apple Awards. The award was collected at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament.

For any enquiries please contact: sustainability@thefa.com