Back of the Net Zero #2
While most of the sustainable football headlines this week have been around financial matters, there are still plenty of positive words, developments and results from clubs and players who are pushing the green agenda.
FIFA and PIF sign agreement to support Pacific Nations
FIFA and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to enhance awareness of climate change, and its impact on Pacific nations. The Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation with 18 members including Australia, New Zealand & Tonga. No activities announced but its a positive step.....
Volvo charges up Real Betis Forever Green programme
Swedish carmaker Volvo has signed a 4 year deal with Real Betis to give squad players access to a number of hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUV models as part of the club’s sustainability drive, and mission to promote greener travel.
Brentford FC x Football Rebooted
Hot on the heels of the club’s decision to reuse the same club shirt for the following season, Brentford FC have thrown their support behind the Utilita backed ‘football rebooted’ campaign. The initiative aims to divert unwanted football boots from landfill and donate them to players that need a new pair but are struggling to make ends meet.
Birmingham County FA x Balls to Cancer
We’re big fans of positive action no matter how big or small. Birmingham County FA provided Balls to Cancer, a national men’s cancer charity that aims to fight cancer with fun, with some funds to purchase 48 reusable bottles for 3 of their charity teams to cut down on single use plastics. Great message and impact.
"Planting so many trees and reducing single-use plastic are really positive steps and show how seriously the club takes its environmental responsibility. I’m proud my club is taking this proactive attitude towards positive change and constantly working to become more sustainable."
Oriol Romeu, Midfielder, Southampton
Southampton FC is just over 1 year into its sustainability pledge called the Halo Effect, and has made a number of achievements including offsetting 1250 tonnes of the club’s carbon emissions, the introduction of reusable cups on matchdays, saving 57,00 plastic cups from landfill and 1250 trees were planted through a number of club and community initiatives.
Great words from Oriol Romeu and awesoem to see players take pride in their club's sustainable initiatives.