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Sky's Game Zero achieves net zero status

01/12/2021

Sky has today published a case study revealing that Game Zero, the Premier League match held between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in September, achieved net zero carbon emissions.

Working in partnership with Spurs and alongside independent carbon specialists RSK and Natural Capital Partners, Sky set the target of hosting the world's first net zero carbon football game at an elite level, whilst also aiming to inspire millions of fans watching on simple ways they can reduce their own carbon footprint.

Net zero was achieved by first measuring the baseline emissions of a match held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium* then lowering those emissions as much as possible and offsetting any that could not be reduced with the support of Natural Capital Partners, through a community reforestation project in East Africa, which will remove carbon emissions from our atmosphere. The result was net zero carbon emissions caused by the game, and a blueprint for teams and athletes around the world to use, as they look to find ways to reduce their environmental impact.

Sky is on the journey to be net zero carbon by 2030, and to get there has committed to support its partners, suppliers and customers to do the same. Sky believes that to secure a net zero future it has a responsibility to share its learnings transparently and measure against science-based targets.

How emissions from Game Zero were reduced:

Players arrived at the ground on coaches powered by green biodiesel which helped lower squad travel emissions by over 80%

We estimate that fans walked 36,000 miles and drove 225,000 miles in electric or hybrid cars to and from the game

On matchday, everything at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (including heating and cooking) was powered by 100% renewable energy - electricity and green gas

All food served inside the stadium was locally and sustainably sourced with 94% more vegetarian and plant-based meals sold at this match, compared to the baseline game

Sky achieved a 70% reduction in emissions from the Sky Sports production crew covering the match

Jonathan Licht, Managing Director at Sky Sports said: We hope that Game Zero is the first of many major net zero carbon sporting events and will inspire long-term change. At Sky Sports, we're committed to minimising our impact on the environment and to use the power of sport for good. By sharing our findings, we want to further inspire football clubs, sports organisations, athletes and fans across the world to reduce their own carbon impact.

Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, adds: We are extremely proud to have been involved with Game Zero, working alongside Sky to utilise our collective platforms and show leadership on a key issue that is affecting us all. We thank our fans for their support of the initiative and taking such positive actions around the matchday. It is important to note that none of the measures that were implemented around Game Zero were a one-off - we continue to assess all of our operations and identify ways to reduce our carbon footprint as a Club moving forward.

Tom Popple, Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability at Natural Capital Partners adds: We were delighted to work with our long-term partner Sky, to offset emissions from Game Zero and help raise awareness of the need to reduce emissions in sport. Sky takes a robust approach to measuring, reducing and offsetting emissions and always challenge themselves to go further. We hope that this activity inspires others to follow their lead.

Measuring, reducing and removing

Ahead of Game Zero, Sky worked with carbon accounting specialists RSK to measure the carbon emissions created by a Premier League match held at Tottenham's stadium, helping to determine reduction opportunities, highlight the more difficult emission sources and track progress.

Creating a baseline enabled Sky and Tottenham to assess easy wins and tougher challenges of achieving net zero. This universal formula can now be used again and again to consistently measure and reduce carbon emissions at major events.

With tens of thousands of fans attending football matches, it's not possible today to achieve a net zero carbon match without offsetting. But Sky and Tottenham Hotspur are committed to continue to search for new solutions and to raising awareness amongst sports fans.

Any carbon emissions that could not be cut from the Tottenham v Chelsea match will be offset through a reforestation project that removes carbon from our atmosphere.

Sky worked with long-term partner Natural Capital Partners, the leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance to offset #GameZero's remaining emissions through a VCS and CCBA verified community reforestation project in East Africa.

The project supports smallholder farmers to source, grow, plant and nurture native and productive trees on their land, which remove carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, and provide alternative sources of nutrition and livelihoods to the farmers.

Sky is also helping to finance new woodland across the UK, and supporting the UK Government's net zero objectives. Over time these native trees will remove further carbon from the atmosphere.

Tottenham Hotspur together with Sky has also planted trees near the stadium to benefit the local community.

Committed to a better world

Both Sky and Tottenham are leaders in sustainability, committed to breaking new ground for the health of our planet. Sky is going net zero carbon by 2030 - cutting emissions created by its operations, by its suppliers and by customers using its products in their homes by at least 50%. Since 2006, Sky has been a certified CarbonNeutral company. Sky was also the first UK broadcaster to make sure that all our original productions in the UK are certified CarbonNeutral and, most recently, Sky was COP26's Princ
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