Arsenal FC have become the first English Premier League football club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, an initiative to tackle climate change.
The scheme, which was formed by the UN, is aimed at bringing together the global sports community in a bid to tackle climate change, in alignment with the Paris Agreement and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Other signatories of the initiative include FIFA, the FA and the IOC, all of which have pledged to support the five principals that have been laid out, including:
Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility
Reduce overall climate impact
Educate on climate action
Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
Advocate 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, the operations director at 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 per cent 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.”
A 2019 study by the BBC and the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit revealed that Arsenal were the most sustainable football club in the Premier League.
Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sports for Climate Action Lead at UN Climate Change, said: “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.”
Author: Jake Wilkin