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Sky and Spurs to make Chelsea fixture first net-zero carbon match

6 Sep 2021
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#GameZero to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 19 September to raise awareness of climate change

Sky and Tottenham Hotspur will look to make history this month with the world's first net-zero carbon football match at an elite level.

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Branded #GameZero, carbon emissions will be reduced as much as possible for the Premier League fixture with Chelsea on Sunday 19 September, with the remainder being offset through natural projects that remove emissions from the atmosphere.

Spurs, Sky and the UK Government want the match, which is supported by COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, and the Premier League, to raise awareness of the threat of climate change, and to inspire football fans to make simple changes that will help reduce their carbon footprint.

"We're proud to be working with COP26 and Tottenham Hotspur to make #GameZero the world's first net-zero carbon football match at the elite level," said Jonathan Licht, Managing Director, Sky Sports

"We hope that by using the power of sport, we can inspire and support football fans to make simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint and make more climate-friendly choices."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: "We are delighted to be the chosen partner of Sky on this ground-breaking initiative that will demonstrate the role our game can play in addressing the urgent issue of climate change.

"As the Premier League's greenest club, Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet - we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference."

Measures in place

Spurs and the match broadcasters Sky will work to minimise emissions from the energy used on the day, from the travel for both fans and clubs, and from the dietary choices at the stadium.

Both sets of players will head to the stadium on coaches running on biofuel, a form of renewable diesel produced from food-waste products which reduces carbon emissions significantly.

All players will be drinking water from cartons provided by Spurs and not plastic bottles.

Spurs will encourage their fans to use public transport or cycle to the match, using the bike-parking provision outside the stadium, and to choose a plant-based food option. All food served inside the stadium is locally and sustainably sourced.

Government backing

#GameZero will be played six weeks ahead of the United Nations' COP26 Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK Government in Glasgow.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: "Climate change affects every aspect of our lives, including the sports that we love to watch and play.

"We can all take steps to help protect the planet for future generations, including in major sporting events.

"That is why I am delighted COP26 is working with Sky, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and the Premier League to show how football is going One Step Greener by hosting the world's first major net-zero football match."

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