Excellent to see high profile venues such as Lords and the Emirates taking a lead on sustainability, and, in the era of alternative facts, making the explicit connection between climate change and economic impacts.
We have long taken an interest in the sustainability and generation potential afforded by stadiums and sports grounds. Whilst stadium rooftops are an obvious step, racecourses are also prime opportunities for reasonably-sized PV generation, and storage developments can support the proposition further.
Commonly, the issue with undertaking such projects is the short term view taken on investment return. But where the new reality for sports businesses is a need to "sweat" the physical assets as far as possible and 365 days a year, revenue generation through energy production seems a smart option to look at. Leaving that aside, these clubs and venues have the chance to lead and to inspire, so it's "over" to you....
Solar PV panels have been incorporated into the stand’s roof design and a water collection and recycling system has also been incorporated. MCC’s broader sustainability programme has so far resulted in a 7% reduction in overall energy usage compared to 2010 levels. While not usually a primary thought for professional sports clubs, a large number have embraced greater sustainability and energy efficiency in recent months. Last summer Bristol City incorporated a rooftop solar installation in its own stadium redevelopment, while Arsenal Football Club signed a deal with new energy supplier Octopus Energy to sign up to its renewables tariff, which is sourced predominantly from the group’s extensive UK solar assets.