To Care Is To Do
Tottenham Hotspur is dedicated to minimising the environmental impacts of its activities across all Club operations.
We embrace initiatives and technologies that reduce our environmental impact whenever possible, working towards improving efficiency and sustainability across the Club at all levels - encouraging employees, suppliers and partners to do the same.
We are offsetting our carbon footprint in a myriad of different ways – to date, we have planted over 300 new and semi-mature trees and tens of thousands of new plants, hedges and flowers across our Training Centre to establish an ecological habitat
The Club was a founder member of the 10:10 initiative, which called on individuals, businesses, schools and other organisations to cut their emissions by 10% in a year. This founder membership and the Club’s work during that period has informed our policies moving forward since implementation in 2009.
The Club’s core policies are:
- Recycle any waste products generated across the Club where possible and increase waste diversion away from landfill
- Reduce our single-use plastic footprint with the aim of eliminating its use across Club operations, seeking to source more environmentally sustainable materials where possible
- Educate and inspire young people in our communities through the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
- Promote alternative forms of transport for fans and staff to and from the stadium and Training Centre that have a reduced impact on the environment
- Identify locally and sustainably sourced food options to cater for various dietary requirements, including plant-based food options, at our stadium
Recycling - use the right bin
The Club is dedicated to minimising the environmental impacts of all our activities.
You can help us ensure all waste is recycled by simply choosing the right bin when you dispose of your rubbish.
Throughout the concourses, you will find two different bins at each location – one is for General Waste, the other for Dry Mixed Recycling.
The only waste items that should be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling bins are as follows:
- Empty plastic and glass bottles
- Empty cans
- Small cardboard
These items should not contain any left-over food or liquids if being placed into the Dry Mixed Recycling bin.
All other waste, such as left-over food, should be placed in the General Waste bin – this is crucial for the following reason:
After matches, the Dry Mixed Recycling bins are taken to a nearby Material Recovery Facility in Edmonton where the waste is separated to produce quality, single-stream materials that are then baled and sent to the most sustainable companies for re-processing.
However, if we contaminate our Dry Mixed Recycling bins with General Waste, it makes this sorting and repurposing process impossible.
Therefore, by using the right bin, you will be making the stadium a more sustainable venue by aiding recycling.
To ensure we make this process as simple as possible, we have staff on hand nearby the bins to help you use the right ones
We are leading the way in exploring ways to ensure that products we use do not end their life with us as part of our commitment to reducing our single-use plastic footprint across Club operations.
We have sought to source more environmentally sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic and will continue to do so as part of our commitment to phasing out single-use plastics from our operations. Any new contracts which come up for tender will also include a requirement to cut single-use plastics.
We have been trialling a reusable beer cup scheme throughout General Admission areas of the stadium during the 2019-2020 season.
Drinks are served in the cups at all bars located in these areas - including those at which the Bottoms Up pouring system is in operation.
Mounted to our recycling bin units throughout the concourses, you will notice bespoke units where beer cups ONLY are to be disposed of after you have finished your drink.
Beer cups are collected and taken off site after matches to be washed and then returned for further use.
Furthermore, we do not stock plastic straws, stirrers or cutlery at the stadium across all concourse areas, nor are they wrapped in any plastic disposable packaging. We instead use wooden stirrers and cutlery, and paper straws. In addition, no single-use plastics is used to serve food inside our premium areas. Sandwich packaging in The M, our new food and drink option on the High Road, is fully compostable.
Water fountains are also available throughout our general admission concourses.
All our One Hotspur Members and Season Ticket Holders received a Bag for Life as part of their Membership packs last season. The see-through Club-branded Bag for Life meets our Bag Policy, meaning fans can bring their bag along on matchdays to carry all of their belongings and in-store purchases.
Stadium visitors that are not part of our Membership scheme are able to purchase a multi-use, reusable drawstring bag from one of our retails outlets at a cost of £1.
Carbon dioxide emissions from the stadium are around 50% less than a stadium built 10 years ago and the entire development is targeting a 22% improvement on the Building Regulations baseline.
The Club has put in technologies throughout its Training Centre to deliver renewable energy to the development, including 75m2 Solar Panels and air source heat pumps.
The building fabric of the stadium has been designed to be highly insulated to reduce heating and cooling demands, with LED lighting (including floodlights) and high-efficiency building services systems in place to reduce energy use.
A range of other initiatives are in place including intelligent controls and attenuation water tanks.
There are further examples with the building design at the Training Centre in terms of insulation, solar shading and building fabric thermal performance that reduce the need for additional energy usage
A major focus on public transport will reduce impacts from vehicle traffic around the stadium on matchdays and there has already been a significant shift in travel patterns to the stadium area. In 2003, over 60% of fans came by car. For weekend fixtures that figure reduced to 42% in 2014 and we plan to bring that number down to a maximum of 24% in the future.
The new stadium is actively promoted as a ‘Public Transport Destination’, with service improvements, new shuttle bus links, better pedestrian connections, real-time travel information points, clear signage and regular transport updates on the Club’s website, in printed programmes and directly to fans from several sources.
The Club has access to a pool of fully electronic Audi e-tron cars for day-to-day business use, in order to limit its carbon footprint, and has launched a 'Cycle To Work' scheme for staff in conjunction with Cycle Solutions.
Water consumption is minimised across the stadium with waterless urinals and low-flow fittings and fixtures.
At the Training Centre, a sedum ‘green roof’ has been installed to significant portions of the main building to enable the capture and re-harvesting of rain water across the site. A comprehensive drainage and extraction system is in place through the installation of an attenuation pond and two onsite bore holes that extract water with licences and agreement from the Environment Agency.
Plant-based/low carbon food
All food produce, where possible, is locally and sustainably sourced. The Club is working with partners to continue to identify and improve further sustainably-sourced food options to cater for various dietary requirements, including plant-based food options.
All menus across our matchday food outlets, as well as The M on non-matchdays, include vegetarian and vegan options.
Vegan food options available throughout the stadium include battered tofu, tofu katsu curries, jackfruit sandwiches and beetroot burgers.