With four games played in this year’s football Championship, here’s an early-season prediction for how things might turn out using amee’s carbon-intensity metric – the Environmental Score
amee’s Environmental Score (from 1-100) is based on annual emissions divided by annual revenue and is applicable for companies in the same industry sector or SIC code - in this case sport clubs, facilities and activities.
Judging by the Environmental Score it looks like Burnley are current table toppers, just ahead of joint-placed Wigan Athletic thanks to their lower overall carbon footprint.
According to Chris Gibson, Head of Catering at the club, Burnley “is proud of its green credentials”, for example installing EcoPure water filtration, which has so far saved over 19,000 bottles of water going to landfill.
Things are looking less positive for Derby and Watford, who find themselves at the bottom of the current standings.
|Club||Environmental Score (emissions / revenue)||Annual Carbon Emissions (tonnes CO2e)|
|4||Brighton & Hove||87||783|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||59||2957|
In November 2012 the Carbon Trust teamed up with Gary Neville - founder of Sustainability in Sport – to call on all football clubs to improve their environmental performance.
Their letter stated that while football clubs have a relatively small carbon footprint compared to other industries, their “huge level of influence” puts them in a unique position “to inspire generations of fans to live more sustainably”.
Recently the Carbon Trust also unveiled its ‘carbon bootprint’, suggesting that the lowest-carbon method of watching football is with friends at home or the pub on an LED screen.
The message for away fans was less encouraging, as travelling to distant stadium remains the highest impact method of watching.
Coming soon on amee.com: ‘The Carbon Premier League’!