At Wembley Stadium connected by EE we are committed to continually improving our environmental performance. As part of this commitment we have been implementing an award-winning Environmental Management System (EMS) which has now been certified by an independent auditor to international standard ISO 14001. Since the Stadium opened in 2007 our EMS has enabled us to make huge improvements across all our activities.
Our Green Team is made up of staff from all aspects of the business and are responsible for the EMS and ensuring that improvements are made in our priority areas which are energy, waste, water, transport, sustainable procurement and communications.
You can download the Wembley Stadium Environmental Policy PDF below
The Going Greener 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. The latest version will be published in summer 2014.
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.
Wembley Stadium is powered by 100% renewable energy. From 2007-2012 we have reduced electricity use and related carbon emissions by a whopping 32%. Consumption has since increased due to business growth but we are still meeting our internal reduction targets. 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
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. The 2014 target is to divert 85% of our waste into the recycling and food waste streams.
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.
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
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 Green Team members and the support from all staff 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 Footprinting Exhibition
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 the Green Team at the Stadium.
“Environmental sustainability is a core business objective for Wembley and we are delighted to have achieved the London Mayor’s Platinum Green500 award and the Industry Green mark for venues in recognition of our efforts. As with all organisations we have more to achieve, but we are proud to be making real, quantifiable progress"
- Roger Maslin, Managing Director
Green Apple Award
The Green Team at Wembley Stadium was awarded the Gold category award at the prestigious Green Apple Awards. The Sustainability Manager for Wembley Stadium, James Huartson and Green Team members Jane Baker and Henry Munro collected the award on behalf of the Green Team at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament.