Albion’s commitment to sustainability and the environment has been recognised at the annual Football Business Awards.
The club were given a silver award in the Sustainability category at the ceremony in London.
Using our tagline ‘MyAlbion My Planet’ our submission focused on three strands:
Human - Treating people, animals and the environment equally, enhancing our togetherness with the community around us.
Bold - Continually challenging partners and suppliers to produce and operate in a “greener” way, while listening to our community as they challenge us.
Making A Difference - Implementing small changes which have a massive impact on our overall sustainability.
The club have offered all home and away match ticket purchasers free train travel within the club’s travel zone since the Amex opened and equated to a saving on rail fares of £209 this season. Over the past three seasons 42% of matchday attendees at the Amex have arrived by train. We have used e-tickets on matchday since 2021.
The club have taken proactive steps towards reducing the volume of single-use plastics. All food packaging in the stadium is now 100% recyclable and we've now introduced 100% biodegradable cups for our draught beer, along with eliminating plastic straws from all our bars. Wooden cutlery is used throughout the club and we continue to use 100% recycled polyester in all our Nike home and away kits.
We have been using solely green electricity since December 2019. Our programme of lamp/lighting changes across the stadium and training ground to LED is ongoing, in recent months all internal and external lighting at both sites have been upgraded to LED, along with the Indoor Football Dome lights.
On top of this, all ground staff have electric mowers and security, grounds and maintenance teams use electric buggies.
In a bid to ensure our club remains a 100% renewable energy user, sources of our renewable energy include hydro, wind, solar, biomass and landfill gas.
We have over 400 solar panels on our training ground rooftops and have reduced our tCO2e to 899.1 in the last year with the success of our energy saving measures across both our sites.
The club also recognises how important it is to educate our staff, fans and community that undertaking small changes can have a significant impact on the environment is important to us.
Sustainability Manager Tom Harris said, “Everyone at the club is thrilled with the recognition of the work we have undertaken as part of our commitment to sustainability and the environment. Having recently joined the club as sustainability manager I am very excited to contributing to the journey we are in to being a sustainable business."