Forest Green Rovers have become the worlds first United Nations certified carbon neutral football club, after signing up to theUNFCCC Climate Neutral Nowinitiative for the upcoming season.
The initiative will see the club have their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) measured by UNFCC whilst committing toreducetheir GHG output. The remaining emissions will then be offset through UN-certified Emission Reduction Certificates (CERs).
The Gloucestershire-based club wasbought by Ecotricity chief Dale Vince in 2010, who has since turned them into the worlds first green football club, serving up vegan burgers at half-time and cutting the grass via a solar-powered robot they call the mowbot.
The club also provide their playerswith electric vehicles and there are several charging points at theirNew Lawn ground.
Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said: ‘Its a real honour to be the very first sports club in the world to be named carbon neutral by the UN.Were a small club with big ambitions, and its fantastic we can work together to champion the sustainability message worldwide.
‘Its great to be first, but I believe its only a matter of time before the big boys like Real Madrid, Man United and the San Francisco 49ers follow our example. Im personally looking forward to working more with the UN to help spread the word about the environment through football.’
Miguel Naranjo, UNFCCC programme officer in sustainable development mechanisms, added: ‘For us its great, were really glad to have Forest Green Rovers on board because its an excellent example of the things that you can do right. So getting the club on board means we can transmit that message to other participants and potential participants.
‘The beauty about Forest Green Rovers is that its a small organisation, with not a massive budget and still its doing so much to address the environmental footprint. So if FGR can do it, anyone can do it as well.’
Environment Journal spoke to Dale Vince in April about his plans to build a stadium entirely of wood and changing attitudes towards the environment in the brutal football world which you can read here.