Sky has partnered with Tottenham Hotspur to host the ‘world’s first net zero carbon football game at an elite level’ on 19th September, in a move supported by the UK government in the lead up to the COP26 climate emergency summit.
The fixture between Tottenham and rivals Chelsea on 19th September will be branded #GameZero, with the ambition of being net zero carbon, which Sky says is achieved when emissions are reduced as much as possible, with the remainder offset through natural projects that remove emissions from the atmosphere.
Sky, Tottenham, and the UK Government say they want the game to raise awareness of the threat of climate change and inspire football fans to make simple changes that will help reduce their carbon footprint.
“We’re proud to be working with COP26 and Tottenham Hotspur to make #GameZero the world’s first net zero carbon football match at the elite level,” said Jonathan Licht, Managing Director, Sky Sports.
“We hope that by using the power of sport, we can inspire and support football fans to make simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint and make more climate-friendly choices.”
Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy added: “We are delighted to be the chosen partner of Sky on this ground-breaking initiative that will demonstrate the role our game can play in addressing the urgent issue of climate change. As the Premier League’s greenest club, Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet - we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference.”
At Spurs’ 2021/22 season opening fixture – their 1-0 victory against Manchester City – carbon measurement specialists RSK used direct data, including a fan survey to measure regular matchday emissions, including fan journeys, squad journeys, energy and waste at the stadium, and matchday employee commutes, to create a baseline of emissions to look to reduce.
For the match to be net zero, Sky and Tottenham will work to minimise emissions from matchday activity such as energy used to power the game, travel to and from the stadium for both fans and clubs, and dietary choices at the stadium.