Liverpool FC is the region’s latest football club to be recognised for going green after winning Carbon Champion of the Year at the 2018 ECHO Environment Awards.
The club beat Liverpool John Lennon Airport to the title thanks to its Reds Going Green initiative, which was originally launched in 2012. The same initiative also helped the club win the award in 2014.
Since then a number of key objectives have been set, including aims to reduce annual energy and carbon emissions by ten per cent, cut waste generation by 15 per cent and increase recycling by 20 per cent.
To promote good practice throughout the club, 12 ‘department champions’ were selected to be part of a special delivery team.
To date, 782 tonnes of carbon have been slashed off the club’s carbon footprint per year - equivalent to the energy produced by 156 homes. Plastic use in hospitality areas has also been reduced by over 99 per cent, and 98 per cent of waste has been diverted from landfill.
In a statement, Liverpool FC said that it plans to “develop wider transport and sustainability programmes” and “develop an energy management system for all sites”.
The club faces stiff competition from its two arch rivals in Manchester. Earlier this year Manchester City FC came runner up in a national awards ceremony for sustainability in sport, while both City and Manchester United were highlighted as best practice examples in The Climate Coalition’s ‘Game Changer’ campaign.