We have been working to reduce our environmental impacts at Wembley Stadium since 2007. The Live Earth event which we hosted on July 7 2007 (7.7.7) was a great opportunity to show what Wembley Stadium can do to support artists, audiences and concert promoters in reducing the environmental impact of events.
Wembley Stadium’s Green Team is responsible for setting our environmental strategy and making sure that we aim for best practice. The Green Team has responsibility for reducing our carbon footprint and managing our impacts in five priority areas: Energy & Water, Waste, Transport and Procurement (what we buy) as well as communicating to our stakeholders, including visitors, clients, local community and staff.
Download the Wembley Stadium environmental policy PDF below.
The Wembley Stadium Going Green Document is a report which details Wembley Stadium's commitment to improving environmental performance. The report tells the journey of how environmental achievements have been made at the Stadium, demonstrates how improvements have been made in key areas and details case studies of individual projects. Click here to access the Going Green Document.
Wembley Stadium is powered by 100% renewable energy. Since 2007 we have reduced electricity use and related carbon emissions by 32%! This has been achieved by everyone at the Stadium working together to ensure electrical systems and equipment are used as efficiently as possible. All non-essential lighting is switched off on non-event days, including the Arch.
Wembley Stadium is a 'zero waste to landfill venue. The majority of the waste is diverted out of the general waste stream as mixed recycling and food waste. The mixed recycling is taken away to be sorted and recycled; food and liquid waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant to be broken down and energy and fertiliser are produced as a by-product. The remaining general waste is sent to a 'waste to energy' facility where energy is generated and returned to the National Grid. In 2012 the Stadium achieved its target of an overall diversion rate of 80%. The team are continuously working to improve diversion rates at the Stadium.
Wembley Stadium’s water consumption is, unsurprisingly, greatest on event days when up to 90,000 people use our facilities. On non-event days, maintenance activities such as cleaning, jet-washing and watering the pitch consume a significant amount of water. The Green Team continues to work on a number of water-saving initiatives around the Stadium.
As a ‘public transport venue’ Wembley Stadium benefits from three major stations and five train /underground lines. Our Green Travel Plan aims to reduce the number of people travelling to the stadium by car and encourage alternative means of travel which have less environmental impact. We encourage all our visitors to use public transport when visiting Wembley.
We are delighted about the progress we have made to date:
* Achieving a Platinum Award in the Mayor’s 2010 Green500 Awards (surpassing our 2009 silver award)
* Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard for early action on energy efficiency
* Achieving a 2 Star Industry Green certification for venues
Green Tourism Award
Wembley Stadium has been awarded a prestigious Gold award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. An onsite audit awarded the Stadium 85% and commended the excellent achievements regarding environmental improvements. The Green Tourism Business Scheme has been running since 1997 with over 2000 members across the whole of the UK and Ireland.
Carbon Trust Footprinting Exhibition
Wembley Stadium, part of The FA Group, was one of 14 companies invited by the Carbon Trust to exhibit at the world's first Carbon Footprinting Gallery in London. The exhibition was held at the Future Gallery to celebrate pioneering companies that are shaping the future of carbon footprinting.
The Stadium Business Awards 2012
Wembley Stadium won the international Sustainability Award at The Stadium Business Awards 2012. “We are delighted to receive 'The Stadium Business Awards' Sustainability Award which is evidence of all the hard work Wembley’s Green Team has put into improving our environmental performance since 2007.” - Greg Gillin, Group FM and Stadium Operations Director
“Environmental sustainability is a core business objective for Wembley and we are delighted to have achieved the London Mayor’s Platinum Green500 award and the Industry Green mark for venues in recognition of our efforts. As with all organisations we have more to achieve, but we are proud to be making real, quantifiable progress"
- Roger Maslin, Managing Director
“Since the start of Wembley’s ‘greening’ activities in 2007, we have made good progress to manage our environmental impacts. We have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) at the Stadium to help us achieve our objectives and targets in a robust and consistent manner.
Our visitors, staff, partners, suppliers and the local community remain integral to our success: all your ideas, feedback and efforts are vital to continually improving our environmental performance over time”
- Greg Gillin, Group Services Director