As part of this commitment we believe that football clubs have a vital role to play in minimising this impact by the club, staff and fans on their environment.
We are proud to have been the first football club to have signed up to the Mayor of London’s Green 500 campaign and are committed to continually reducing our energy emissions. We were proud to win the ‘Sustainability in Sport’ at the inaugural People and Environment Achievement (PEA) Awards 2011 for our lower energy solutions to the running of the business. We are also fully (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme) ESOS compliant.
It is the policy of Chelsea, as a club and a business, to continually develop, review and improve our environmental objectives.
To reach this goal, we shall continue to improve efficiency in the use of all resources and adopt greener technologies where appropriate.
We are committed to treating all relevant legal and environmental legislation and guidelines as a minimum requirement and will seek to exceed them wherever possible.
We also encourage and hope all suppliers, partners and stakeholders to share our aims, particularly our staff and fans.
All Chelsea employees are encouraged to turn off computers, televisions and not to print documents or emails unless necessary. They are also urged to use public transport or walk/cycle to work where practical and to adopt similar environmental commitments at home.
To further improve environmental performance at Stamford Bridge and our training ground in Cobham, all lighting will be energy saving where practical. We will also ensure that lighting, waste and office supplies are recycled where practical.
All materials used are to be environmentally sustainable wherever feasible, including the paper used in offices and for marketing and promotional materials. Furthermore, carrier bags at the Chelsea Megastore are now made from biodegradable material.
We have installed a building management system to control lighting, heating and air conditioning at both Stamford Bridge and Cobham.
Buildings are all installed with motion sensors to automatically turn lights off.
Air-handling units are equipped with heat recovery coils to reclaim heat from extracted air which is used to heat air supply when needed. Wasted heat is also recycled through the air conditioning systems.
To offset our carbon emissions we have planted over 3,500 trees and shrubs at our training ground.
We encourage all staff to use public transport wherever practical. We have a loan system if needed to allow staff to buy bicycles for their commute.
Chelsea also encourage fans on their way to games to use public transport or other more environmentally-friendly means. For certain away games the club will continue to provide coach and train travel to encourage less car usage. For fans using private cars Chelsea has also introduced a scheme for fans to share cars to home and away matches.
We send all waste from Stamford Bridge and Cobham away for recycling at one of Europe’s most advanced recycling centres. No waste from either site is now sent to landfill.
To reduce our water usage a management system has been introduced for toilets ranging from motion detectors to foaming units.
At the training ground, ground water and hard area run off is collected and held in a reservoir for use by the pitch irrigation system.