Arsenal have signed a deal with Octopus to allow the Emirates Stadium to use renewable energy.
Arsenal’s recent forays into the world of renewable energy have saved massive amounts of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, according to reports. Fournisseur-Energie.com say that the Emirates Stadium now relies on solar panels and recycling for its energy.
The Gunners have apparently been trialling the methods for the last year, and as a result have already reportedly saved 2.32 million kilograms of CO2 from being produced.
Everything from lighting to the flushing of toilets must now be run by renewable sources.
The news is a far cry from the stories a couple of years ago.
Back in 2015, Arsenal decided to make the 100 mile trip to Norwich via plane, rather than coach or train [edit – this was because there were roadworks that would have delayed the coach journey significantly, meaning players would have been sitting in cramped conditions for too long ahead of the game]. Unsurprisingly environmental groups were less than happy with the decision, with one spokesperson telling the Telegraph: “This is ridiculous. I’m a life-long Gooner so I’m used to being occasionally embarrassed by my team, but I prefer them to wait until after kick-off before humiliating their supporters.”
For those fans, who love the club but want to see them show some responsibility for the massive environmental impact football has on the world, this news will be very welcome.
There’s more than enough money in the Premier League for every club to make the investment in similar measures, and if Arsenal making the first step can convince more to follow then even better.