Arsenal become first Premier League club to sign up to UN climate initiative

16 Nov 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Arsenal have become the first Premier League club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The UN initiative aims to bring the global sports community into alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement, as well as supporting the ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Signatories to the framework - which already include the likes of FIFA, The FA and the IOC, adhere to five principles, including; undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility; reducing overall climate impact, educating the public on climate action, promoting sustainable and responsible consumption, and advocating for climate action through communication.

“Arsenal is committed to leading the way on sustainability among Premier League clubs and we are proud to be the first club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework,” said Hywel Sloman, Operations Director, Arsenal.

“Together with our partners, we’ve already implemented a number of environmentally friendly practices across the club. This includes becoming the first Premier League club to switch to 100% green electricity since the beginning of our partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, and a new partnership with aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation which is designed to help us and our millions of fans around the world reduce our impact on the environment. 

“We will continue to use the power and reach of Arsenal to inspire our global communities and push each other towards a more sustainable future.”

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sports for Climate Action Lead, UN Climate Change, added: “Football inspires so many of us around the world and there is a remarkable potential for the game to become greener, more climate resilient and lead by example for millions of global fans.

"We are delighted to welcome Arsenal as the first Premier League club to the UN Sports for Climate Action community as we raise awareness of climate change and use this opportunity to make a difference together.”

In recent seasons, the Gunners have been proactive in responding to the climate emergency, becoming the first Premier League club to trial a reusable cup scheme, which was then fully integrated at the Emirates Stadium the start of the 2019/20 season, saving approximately 20,000 single use plastic cups per game when the ground is full, according to the club. 

In October, the Gunners also announced a new partnership with global aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation designed to help the club and its fans around the world reduce their impact on the environment.