The Carbon Championship

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 

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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)
1 Burnley 98 460
2 Wigan Athletic 98 980
3 Middlesbrough 96 941
4 Brighton & Hove 87 783
5 Yeovil Town 79 313
6 Barnsley 68 612
7 Bolton Wanderers 65 4396
8 Blackburn Rovers 65 23861
9 Doncaster Rovers 63 70
10 Birmingham City 63 18327
11 Blackpool 60 4196
12 Queens Park Rangers 59 2957
13 AFC Bournemouth 54 457
14 Leicester City 52 1755
15 Millwall 41 11388
16 Nottingham Forest 38 2263
17 Ipswich Town 38 2575
18 Reading 37 2676
19 Leeds United 23 6698
20 Huddersfield Town 19 1919
21 Sheffield Wednesday 18 3029
22 Charlton Athletic 17 2434
23 Watford 17 3299
24 Derby County 9 6981

 

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’!  

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