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The ‘world’s first’ net zero carbon football game

14 September 2021

Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness

Tottenham Hotspur will play host to the 'world's first' net-zero carbon football game when they face Chelsea on 19th September, in what is being hailed as a massive step forward in the sporting world’s response to growing concerns over climate change.  

In partnership with Sky, and supported by The Premier League and COP26, the aptly named #GameZero will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday. The first of its kind at an elite level, #GameZero hopes to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the importance of reducing our carbon footprint.  


How to make a football match Net Zero 

Put simply, net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Achieving net zero is no simple feat and requires a massive commitment across the entire football ecosystem – from the producers to the fans.  

Sky will be supporting both clubs with this initiative, by exploring ways to reduce emissions from normal matchday activities, including how the fans and team commute to the game, the energy being used to provide power to the stadium during the match as well as the hospitality on offer at the stadium.  

With thousands of people involved, the more people who get behind the initiative the more #GameZero will be a success. This is the first time this has been attempted and if successful, demonstrates the football industry’s ability to adapt to climate change and paves the way for more sustainable, low carbon matches in the future.  

What measures are being taken to help make #GameZero a success? 

  • Both teams are travelling to the stadium in coaches powered by renewable fuel produced from food waste products 
  • A reduction in plastic – both teams will be provided with cartons of water instead of plastic bottles 
  • LED lighting throughout the grounds 
  • The use of high-efficiency building service systems to help reduce energy usage 
  • Waterless urinals  

 How fans can show their support

Fans will be encouraged to use public transport to Sunday’s game. The stadium is already serviced by four train stations and a free matchday shuttle bus will be in operation too. Furthermore, fans who choose to cycle to the match will be able to take cycling equipment such as helmets, puncture kits etc. into the match.  

Throughout the game, waste recycling will be encouraged. The club has a zero to landfill waste management programme in place as well as a reusable beer cup scheme to help contribute. Furthermore, food served on matchday in the stadium will have a variety of plant-based options on offer with all the food being sourced locally and sustainably. 

Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, said: “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.” 

Additionally, COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “Climate change affects every aspect of our lives, including the sports that we love to watch and play. We can all take steps to help protect the planet for future generations, including in major sporting events. That is why I am delighted COP26 is working with Sky, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and the Premier League to show how football is going One Step Greener by hosting the world’s first major net zero football match.” 

How you can make a difference  

Hopefully, #GameZero is successful and can set an example of how a community and industry working together can help tackle the issue of climate change.  

Every business has a role to play. Trident has developed a suite of Net Zero services to help businesses to start measuring their carbon footprint. Our carbon management platform brings together your energy, transport, and financial data in one location. Our experts can help to collect your data, highlight areas that may need attention first and reward you for strengthening your commitment to carbon reductions through an accreditation program. 

Take the first step on your journey to a greener future and download our ‘Helpful Guide to Net Zero’ below. 

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