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Tottenham Hotspur announced as Premier League’s greenest club for fourth year running

Thu 11 May 2023, 07:45|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club is delighted to have been recognised as the Premier League’s greenest for a fourth year running having once again topped the Sport Positive EPL league table, published by the BBC today.

UN-backed Sport Positive annually collates key environmental sustainability information for every Premier League football club into a table matrix. The categories reflect the environmental impacts of putting on a football match and initiatives that are under way at clubs, put together in an easy and digestible format.

Tottenham Hotspur has finished joint-top of this year’s league table, alongside Liverpool, and continues to demonstrate leadership in minimising environmental impacts across all its operations.

Over the past 12 months, the Club has:

  • Become the first in the Premier League to deliver sustainability training sessions to all players across its Men’s and Women’s First Teams and Academy groups
  • Published its Scope 3 emissions data for the first time in line with its signing of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework ‘Race to Zero’ – committing the Club to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and become net zero by 2040
  • Ensured all food deliveries to the stadium carry zero carbon emissions through the use of an all-electric refrigerated vehicle, in partnership with Reynolds
  • Replaced all plastic bottled water available to fans throughout the stadium with lightweight cartons made from renewable and sustainable materials
  • Delivered its first ever upcycling workshop for local school children at the stadium, in partnership with Nike, for Earth Day 2023

This is in addition to existing initiatives, that include:

  • Stadium and Training Centre powered by 100% renewable energy with zero Scope 2 emissions
  • a ‘zero to landfill’ waste management programme
  • locally and sustainably sourced food, with plant-based options available across all Club locations, and an organic Kitchen Garden at the Training Centre
  • significant investment into our local transport infrastructure with the stadium served by four train stations and a free matchday shuttle bus, with provision for 180 bikes to be parked nearby the stadium
  • an ecological habitat established at our Training Centre, including hundreds of new and semi-mature trees and tens of thousands of new plants and hedgerows; bug hotels and bat houses; wildlife ponds; green roofs to capture and re-harvest rainwater; solar panels and air source heat pumps
  • Nike shirts that players wear on the pitch and the replica jerseys for fans to buy constructed with 100% recycled polyester fabric, made from recycled plastic bottles

Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, said: "We are proud to have been named at the top of the Sport Positive league table for a fourth year running. As a Club, we are acutely aware of the role we can play in addressing the threat posed by climate change and have embedded environmental sustainability within everything we do. It is extremely important we take our players with us on this journey and the first-of-its-kind training we have recently facilitated for all teams is a huge part of this. We also acknowledge there is still so much more to do as we work towards achieving our net zero target of 2040."

Ben Davies was one of the Men’s First Team players that took part in the sustainability training delivered at the Club and said: "As players we’re fully aware of the amount of work the Club is doing on the sustainability front. The training gave us an understanding of the impact a huge organisation like ours can have on the environment while also talking us through the ways we can reduce our emissions and be as sustainable as possible. The more educated we are on the subject, the better we can be – it’s about taking small steps as individuals and, by using our platforms to encourage others to do the same, it all adds up."

Claire Poole, Founder, Sport Positive, said: "Tottenham Hotspur received the highest points in our matrix because of their holistic efforts across the categories we collate club information on, such as commitment, policy, energy, food, biodiversity, education and communications. We applaud Spurs especially for providing all their players with sustainability and climate training. As the great David Attenborough said - saving our planet is now a communications challenge. We know what to do, we just need the will. Athletes are the cornerstone to sports' raising awareness, telling stories and connecting with fans on sustainability and climate action - but only if they themselves feel comfortable to do so. Clubs supporting all players with education in this area is a vital part to making this a reality."

To find out more on the Club’s sustainability initiatives, visit: