What Football Clubs Can Do To Be More Eco-Friendly

It’s common knowledge in the modern-day that our environment is in serious trouble. Everyone in every corner of the globe needs to make a conscious effort to live a greener and more eco-friendly life. You may be thinking since it’s such common knowledge, why doesn’t everyone do it? You think it would be that simple, but unfortunately, it is not.

But what can football clubs do? After all, they are a major part of a lot of communities. They host dozens of people on a weekly basis and can be one of the stand out parts of a community. The most popular sport in the world has influences on millions of lives every day. It’s such an important thing to people, which is why we see so many football movies in the modern-day.

A football club becoming more eco-friendly is a massively beneficial thing. Not only will the effects of what they are doing have massive advantages, but it will also prove to be influential for members of the club and younger players. But what can football clubs do to be more eco-friendly? Here is our easy guide to an eco-friendly football club:

how to make football club eco friendly

1. Use Renewable Energy

First off, football clubs should look into using renewable energy. They tend to require a lot of energy to function efficiently. Floodlights and dressing room requirements alone are enough to be extremely demanding of energy. Although clubs could probably cut down on their energy usage in some places, it is probably more beneficial to change the source.

The likes of solar panels, wind energy or battery storage are all more eco-friendly ways to power a football club. This renewable energy is far more beneficial to the environment. Not to mention it could save the club some money also. They will be able to sell the surplus of energy that their power source generates. This will allow them to reduce the overall cost of powering the club.

solar-lights-parking-lot

2. Cut Down on Waste

Waste is a massive problem when it comes to maintaining the health of our environment. There are methods football clubs can use to cut down on waste and help reduce this negative element.

The club can look to have more recycling facilities as well as encouraging club members to be more aware when throwing away items. Just by making club players more aware of their waste could make a huge difference.

plastic bottle recycling

Plastic bottles accumulates on land but culminates its journey in water bodies.

3. Electric Car Facilities

A football club that can help encourage its players to go green is truly on way to become a carbon-neutral football club. What better way to do so than to encourage the use of electric cars? It will set a great example for people around the club and area to have the likes of electric car charging ports on hand in the football club. It will also be great for spectators if there are electric car facilities available to them on match days.

electric car

4. Shop Local

Football clubs should try to source their produce locally. Taking away massive shipping distances is a great way to reduce your club’s carbon footprint and make it a truly eco football club. Try to buy your food and drink supplies locally. This means the products have less distance to travel. It may also lead to clubs having better quality produce.

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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