Forest Green Rovers – carbon neutral football
FGR was recently described by FIFA as the greenest football club in the world, and in 2017 was officially recognised as the world’s first vegan football club. Now they’ve gained another global accolade – the world’s first United Nations certified carbon neutral football club. They’ve signed up to the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now initiative, which aims to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
Forest Green Chairman and Ecotricity Founder Dale Vince said: “It’s a real honour to be the very first sports club in the world to be named carbon neutral by the UN. It’s great to be first, but I believe it’s only a matter of time before the big boys like Real Madrid, Man United and the San Francisco 49ers follow our example.”
Fighting climate change
Science tells us that, to avoid the worst aspects of climate change, we must limit the global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius. This is the central aim of the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, and if we are to realise it, the UN says we must all do more and be quicker to tackle climate change before 2020.
FGR aren’t new to this idea, having consistently led the way when it comes to sustainability in sport – from recycled rainwater to an organic pitch and running on 100% green energy at home to reaching around three billion people worldwide, taking the green message to a new and passionate audience.
Another green and healthy venture
FGR continue to discover a new audience with their ‘Little Green Devils’ 100% vegan food range. They’re introducing their award-winning food to schools around the country, giving pupils and staff the chance to experience the awesome culinary delights that the players and fans love.
Like FGR’s match day food, the range will show children up and down the country how freshly made vegan food is better for health and performance, as well as the environment. It’s another first for FGR, but that’s becoming pretty standard for the small club with big ambitions.