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
The Premier League’s Greenest Club
Tottenham Hotspur finished top of the 2020 Premier League Sustainability Table, published by BBC Sport and the United Nations-backed Sport Positive Summit.
Having finished joint top alongside Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United in the 2019 standings, the rankings have been updated, along with the criteria and methodology.
Clubs were asked to provide evidence of efforts in eight categories, with more points available in each category and three bonus points, making a total of 21. Tottenham Hotspur were the only Club to achieve maximum points – taking an outright lead ahead of Arsenal, Brighton and Man Utd on 20 points.
Claire Poole, CEO and Founder, Sport Positive Summit, said: “We would like to congratulate Spurs on coming top of the Sport Positive EPL Sustainability Table for the second year running.
“As well as picking up all the standard points we had put in place for 2020, they also took the bonus points, which we allocated to highlight clubs going the extra mile.
“These include tracking fan travel methods to games, actively engaging fans towards positive environmental behaviours and publicly committing to tackle climate change. We are excited to see Spurs progress on this journey of increased ambition.”
UN Sports for Climate Action Framework
Tottenham Hotspur has taken a significant step in the fight against climate change by signing up to the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework.
The Club joins a number of signatories from across the sporting community, including FIFA, UEFA, The FA, the International Olympic Committee, Formula 1, Sky Sports and BBC Sport.
The Sports for Climate Action initiative calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and a collective responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.
By signing the Framework, the Club has demonstrated its commitment to playing its part to ensure the sports sector is on the path to a low-carbon future.
In line with the five core principles enshrined in the Framework and the aims of the Paris Agreement, signatories strive to:
- promote greater environmental responsibility;
- reduce the overall climate impact from sports;
- use their platforms to educate for climate action;
- promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and
- advocate for climate action through communications.
VivoPower – The Club’s Official Battery Technology Partner
VivoPower is dedicated to helping its partners deliver net-zero carbon futures, specialising in hard-to-decarbonise industries by integrating solar, battery and critical power tech into bespoke, easy-to-procure solutions.
VivoPower is udnertaking a review of Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium and Training Centre to explore future solutions that could help the Club accelerate towards becoming a net zero carbon business.
It is envisaged VivoPower will supply a large, solid state battery of more than 3MW at the stadium - to balance and guarantee the venue’s power supply. A full-suite sustainable energy solution - including rooftop solar panels, battery storage, custom microgrid capacity and electrical infrastructure - will be designed for the Club’s Training Centre.
Tottenham Hotspur is proud to be a founding partner of Count Us In – an unprecedented global movement aiming to mobilise 1 billion people to act on climate change.
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
A full site waste-management plan has been developed for the Training Centre, which includes a green-waste recycling facility nearby
Food remaining from events is given to The Felix Project charity for distribution locally, reducing food waste
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 implemented a reusable beer cup scheme throughout General Admission areas of the stadium.
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.
Plastic caps on our beer kegs are saved and returned to the supplier to be re-used.
Carton water is used by our players instead of bottled water at all home matches.
Water fountains are also available throughout our general admission concourses.
Stadium visitors are able to purchase a multi-use, reusable drawstring bag from one of our retails outlets at a cost of £1.
We have achieved 100% certified renewable energy and zero scope 2 emissions, with REGO-backed electricity and carbon neutral gas provided to the stadium by Brook Green Supply.
Other aspects of the building design include insulation, solar shading and building fabric thermal performance that reduce the need for additional energy usage.
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 technologies in place 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.
Our stadium’s technology infrastructure, developed in partnership with HPE and Aruba, allows for the consumption of less power during periods of low activity.
LED lighting (including floodlights) and high-efficiency building services systems are in place to reduce energy use.
A range of other initiatives are in place including intelligent controls, attenuation water tanks and green roofs on the Tottenham Experience
The Club has a sustainable transport plan in place for both its fans and staff, overseen by an appointed Travel Plan Co-Ordinator.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a Public Transport Destination, with service improvements, new shuttle bus and regional coach services, better pedestrian connections, real-time travel information points, clear signage and regular transport updates on the Club’s website, in matchday programmes and directly to fans from several sources.
Recent analysis has shown that the Club is close to achieving its target of no more than 23% of supporters (i.e. 14,250) travelling by private car on matchdays – a significant reduction in the percentage of fans that travelled by car to attend matches at the old White Hart Lane (on average 22,500 out of a total of 36,000).
The Club has installed new bike racks locally around the stadium and is actively encouraging fans to consider cycling on matchdays.
The Club has launched a 'Cycle To Work' scheme for staff in conjunction with Cycle Solutions, with additional bike tacks installed at its offices.
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. Charging stations are available across Club sites.
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 menus across our matchday food outlets, as well as The M on non-matchdays, include vegetarian and vegan options
Vegan matchday food offerings are currently available, including:
- Beetroot burger
- Tofu Katsu curry
- Beer battered tofu
- Hot jackfruit sandwich
All food produce, where possible, is locally and sustainably sourced. We are working with partners to continue to identify and improve further sustainably sourced food options to cater for various dietary requirements and plant based food options
Waste from our stadium’s microbrewery is used to feed the pigs at Wicks Manor Farm, less than 50 miles away, which in turn is then used in our pork product in the stadium.