2020 updates – in italics
2019 info – in standard font
– All electricity and gas for the club’s UK operated sites is currently from renewable sources
– No information found/provided
– Energy policy in place and an energy management system is in the process of being implemented, with independent certification due by the end of the 20/21 season.
– The system upholds and focuses the Reds Going Scheme that has been in place for several years, to further improve the club’s energy related performance and energy efficiency, by setting targets to reduce the club’s energy consumption
– LED lighting, smart meters & energy efficient hand driers installed at Anfield
– Plan to develop energy management systems at all sites, 3 year target to bring electricity consumption below CRC threshold
– Electricity throughout stadium is now sub metered to monitor each area closely
– Working towards ISO 500001 certification in energy management
– The club offers an electric / ultra-low emission car scheme and a cycle to work scheme.
– 8x EV charging points have been installed at AXA Training Ground. Electric buggies and scooters are also in use at this site.
– Free cycle hub is advertised and in place within the closest car park to the stadium.
– Walking routes are signposted. Casual match day staff receive free bus travel to and from work each match day
– Public transport advocated, free cycle hub, walking routes advised. Plans to develop wider transport sustainability plan
– In partnership with a local bus company, all casual match day staff receive free bus travel to and from work each matchday (by showing staff pass)
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
– For matchday catering packaging – biodegradable cutlery is offered instead of plastic; paper drinking straws, recyclable food containers and drinking cups are being used. Draft beer is also served in reusable cups.
– Over the last couple of months, the club, via their seat supplier, have recycled 6500 plastic seats along with 6500 plastic seat backs that were replaced in the Lower Anfield Rd section of the stadium.
– The club is also involved in Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign with the Premier League & Sky.
– Club rolled out reusable cups across Anfield from Sunday October 27. ‘Fans will be handed reusable cups when purchasing beverages from bars, concourse kiosks and street food vendors. Supporters will then be asked to return their cups to their nearest kiosk or pass to Reds Going Green volunteers, who will be on hand throughout the game’. The initiative will see the club typically reduce its plastic waste by approximately 170,000 cups per season
– No plastic straws at Stadium
– No single use plastic food packaging, use of trays made out of compostable palm leaf and maize
– Plastic cutlery has been replaced with compostable, fully biodegradable accredited alternatives made from corn
– All drinking cups provided by the Club’s hospitality have been changed to fully recyclable containers (manufactured from recycled materials) and contain a “natural oil lining” to allow full recycling of the cups after use
– All food boxes compromising of Polyethylene packaging (e.g. burger meals) have been replaced with accredited, fully biodegradable cornware alternatives made from corn and yam
– Where possible cans rather than plastic bottles are sold (even water)
– No polystyrene boxes from fish supplier allowed
– 99% of waste last year was diverted from landfill
– For matchday material waste – cardboard is baled onsite and glass is segregated before both are collected by our waste contractor to be recycled.
– Through partnership with iugis, Liverpool FC’s Official Food Waste Management Partner, organic food digester machines have been installed at the stadium. Any additional food waste at the club is processed using Anaerobic Digestion (AD) technology – converting waste food matter into bio methane, generating green energy, which is then exported to the National Grid.
– At AXA Training Centre, waste is divided into three key waste streams – general waste, recycling & food. All of which are diverted from Landfill. A food macerator is used within the main production kitchen to assist in the management of all food waste, minimising the waste being taken away from site via the club’s waste contractor.
– 99% Avoids landfill, RgG target 15% reduction in waste and 20% increase in recycling annually
– Food waste is separated at source and collected ,then recycled into renewable energy by anaerobic digestion
– Glass waste is separated at source and recycled into glass or aggregate
– Fish Suppliers who used to supply in polystyrene have been provided with plastic trays to reduce polystyrene on site
– Cooking oil collected separately and recycled into renewable energy by Olleco
– At the Academy and AXA Training Ground, there has been recent investment in an additional water bore hole, which provides water for irrigating the pitches across the entire training ground site.
– Two Closed loop waste to water wash systems and oil water separators are used in the grounds maintenance yards to prevent any contaminations leaking into local drain or water courses.
– Waterless urinals fitted on concourses (gents toilets)
– Systemised sensors on gents toilets in lounge areas that only work when someone walks into urinals
– Water reducing valves have been fitted on concourses, kitchens and toilets
– Save a Flush Bags have been added to all toilets reducing flush by 1 litre each flush
Plant based/low carbon food
– Quorn is available at the AXA Training Centre to both staff and players as an option
– All fish is sustainably sourced and all match day retail outlets have converted to sustainable palm oil, which complies with the global standards set by RSPO
– The stadium has access to an allotment the size of a football pitch, which provides a place to grow and harvest seasonal produce, including fruit, vegetables, and honey. The produce is used for Farm to Fork concept for event hospitality, with any additional produce being distributed to local food banks.
– Vegan, Vegetarian, halal, gluten free all catered for on match days. Other dietary requests for pre orders
– Partnership with Quorn announced on 23 June 2020
– All ingredients sourced from within a 90 mile radius of Liverpool
– All fish purchased from a sustainable source
Communications and engagement
– The club launched a new overarching sustainability initiative in early Jan 2021; “The Red Way”. The content of which is centred around: Our People, Our Communities and Our Planet. The Red Way points to sustainability – Liverpool FC
– Fan engagement efforts with launch of ‘Meat free matchdays’: https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/announcements/422395-video-hendo-ox-and-shaq-invite-reds-to-try-meat-free-matchdays
– Fan engagement via players taking iugis food waste quiz: https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/features/422402-watch-robbo-gini-and-gomez-take-iugis-food-waste-quiz
– The club recently become a signatory to the UN Sports for Climate Action (announced 12th January 2021)
– Reds Go Green campaign
– Signed up to Sky Pass On Plastic Initiative with other Premier League Clubs
– Won Liverpool Echo Carbon Champion Award for 2018 and 2014
– No sustainability or environment page on website yet. Some coverage on third party sites
– Long-term, the club is working to achieve absolute zero carbon emissions in line with UK government legislation
– In the short term, the club has become carbon neutral for their direct activities. This has been achieved by procuring fully “green” energy for electricity and gas supplies, and for other sources, carbon offsetting schemes have been used. As part of the club’s carbon offsetting strategy and target to become carbon neutral, the club has signed up to a tree planting programme in the north west of England. In doing so, in October 2020, the club offset 435 tCO2e through Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) reduction projects and planted 435 trees in the UK (North West Region). Thereby offsetting carbon emissions, helping to prevent climate change, and creating space for wildlife in the local community.
– At AXA Training Ground, 653 new trees, 1.5km of hedging, and 6000 plants have been planted.
– At the Academy, bird boxes and hedgehog houses in place, and wildflowers are currently being sown.
Information sourced directly from Liverpool FC staff, website and third party websites
Information updated 23rd January 2021