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Pompey's Commitment To A Greener Future

How club are tackling sustainability goals

2 February 2024

Green Football Weekend
Club News

Pompey's Commitment To A Greener Future

How club are tackling sustainability goals

2 February 2024

Across this weekend, clubs are rallying behind Green Football Weekend – a campaign focused on promoting sustainable practices within sport.

The heart of this initiative lies in the 'Greener Game' football matches and competitive activities between clubs to score green goals.

But for Pompey, it does not stop there.

The club, in collaboration with its partners and Pompey in the Community, are committed to going beyond the weekend event to deliver a strategy to make Portsmouth FC an active environmentally sustainable organisation.

Exploring areas relating to harmful emissions around Fratton Park and the Pompey Health & Fitness Club, investment in renewable energy, the removal of single use plastics, driving a shift in our matchday catering offer, harvesting rainwater and the promotion of sustainable transport in the city, this club-led initiative spans various facets that contribute to the club’s ecological impact.

Chief executive Andrew Cullen said: “Portsmouth FC are committed playing our part to improve the environment.

“The first stage is to understand exactly where we are in terms of our current carbon footprint and then determining the target and the goals we need to work towards, so we can genuinely deliver significant improvements over the medium and longer-term.

“We are working together with our staff and our partners to shape a sustainably minded strategy designed to impact climate change across our whole community.”

So, as fans are encouraged to 'score green goals' for Pompey during this weekend, a range of other activities are happening behind the scenes to ensure a holistic approach to sustainability within the club.

Let us take a look at the progress and activities already underway:

• Energy-efficient lighting – the implementation of energy-saving bulbs and sensor-equipped LED lighting around Fratton Park.
• Collaboration with Network Rail – ongoing efforts to establish a safe rail bridge and improve access to Fratton Park through collaboration with Network Rail.
• Increased use of train services – the provision of a safe access to and from Fratton Park from Fratton Station will encourage more supporters to use the train. Our 2023 travel survey demonstrated that if we can improve current matchday train usage from 18 per cent to 32 per cent, then we would see a 24 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from 1091 tonnes to 827 tonnes.
• Park and Ride – exploring with partners the provision of a dedicated 'Park and Ride' service to and from Fratton Park on matchdays.
• Electric buses partnership – First South, our commercial partner, are set to launch an impressive fleet of 62 electric buses by March 2024, aligning with our commitment to eco-friendly transportation.
• Solar energy exploration – exploring the integration of solar energy at the training ground and Pompey Health & Fitness Club for sustainable power sources.
• Plastic-free catering – Piglet's Pantry, the club's catering partner, are committed to eliminating plastic use, with all boxes and packaging being recyclable or made from recycled materials.
• Biodegradable cups – we are exploring the introduction of self-destructing biodegradable cups to combat plastic pollution.
• Vegetarian and vegan options – more than 100 vegetarian and vegan pies and sausage rolls are sold in kiosks on matchdays.
• Food donation programme – leftover food items on matchdays are shared with staff and donated to local food banks or homeless shelters.
• Sonic beer line cleaning system – implementation of a new sonic beer line cleaning system to reduce waste and offer environmentally friendly pints.
• Paper reduction efforts and digital transition – the club and the Piglet's team are actively working to decrease matchday paper usage by 71 per cent through the automation of required documents.
• QR code menus – encouraging the use of QR codes to access menus in hospitality lounges to minimise printing and reduce environmental impact.

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