Tottenham Hotspur have been named the Premier League's greenest club, having gained maximum points in The English Premier League Sustainability Table from the Sport Positive Summit.
The club has also announced that is has signed up to the United Nations' Sports for Climate Action framework, whose current signatories include FIFA, UEFA, The FA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Formula 1, Sky Sports and BBC Sports.
"Looking to our future beyond the current pandemic, our message is that the climate needs to be at forefront of all our minds," said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
"We have seen people take greater pride in their environment during the lockdowns of the past year. When we return to normality, we cannot slip back into bad habits and lose sight of this."
The United Nations-backed Sport Positive Summit released its first Sustainability Table in 2019 and has done so once again for 2020. The league table can be found below, with a maximum of 21 point available for the Premier League sides:
Tottenham Hotspur - 21
Arsenal - 20
Brighton & Hove Albion - 20
Manchester United - 20
Manchester City - 19
Southampton - 18
Liverpool - 17
Chelsea - 14
West Brom - 14
West Ham United - 13
Everton - 12.5
Crystal Palace - 12
Newcastle United - 12
Wolverhampton Wanderers - 12
Fulham - 11
Leeds United - 10
Leicester City - 10
Sheffield United - 10
Burnley FC - 8
Aston Villa - 7
Points are awarded based on:
Clean energy (2 points)
Energy efficiency (2 points )
Sustainable transport (2 points)
Single-use plastic reduction or removal (2 points)
Waste management (2 points)
Water efficiency (2 points)
Plant-based or low-carbon food options (3 points)
Communications & engagement (3 points)
A bonus point was made available from each of the following:
If club actively engage fans towards positive behavioural change that reduces environmental impact in their own lives
If club are signatory to UN Sports for Climate Action Framework
If club track and report on percentage of fans taking various modes of transportation to games
Meanwhile, Southampton FC, as part of their newly announced initiative, The Halo Effect, which covers a range of factors to see a sustainable future for the club, has included a pledge to help protect the planet by improving on waste management, energy water and other resources and biodiversity.
Author: Jake Wilkin