Liverpool FC leads way in sustainability



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Liverpool FC leads the Premier League in sustainability, the club has revealed in its recent ‘The Red Way’ 2022/23 season report.

The Red Way, the club’s sustainability benchmarking report, shows that the club has topped the Sport Positive League as the most environmentally sustainable Premier League football club.

Introducing the report, Club CEO Billy Hogan said, “Three years ago, we recognised there was a huge amount of good work happening across the Club and the LFC Foundation, in relation to our people, our communities and how we contribute to a healthier planet.

“But this great work was sitting in silos across the Club. Recognising its importance to ourselves and our stakeholders, we began to look at everything that was happening across the Club, with a view to understanding where we weren’t doing enough and where we needed to go further. And this was how The Red Way was formed.”

The initiative is split into three pillars: People, Planet and Communities.

Notable achievements highlighted include a 29% reduction in emissions compared to the previous season (2021/22), with 94% of club operations now powered by clean energy.

Additionally, the club has offset 100% of emissions generated from its football operations, which align with the club’s overarching goal of attaining net-zero emissions by 2040.

The club has seen a 60% reduction in carbon emissions across fuel and electricity since 2019. 100% clean energy has been implemented at all LFC sites, preventing 2,636 tonnes of carbon emissions.

SC Johnson‘s collaboration in LFC’s plastic bottle recycling campaign at Anfield has driven success, achieving a 90% recycling rate on matchdays, up by 65% from the previous year’s 25% in 2021/22.

The club said in the report, “One of our significant areas of emissions is from our teams travelling to games. To reduce our impact in this area, we have implemented the use of sustainable fuels in our team buses.

“We worked with our travel provider to gain access to alternative, lower-carbon fuel options including Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). With the team buses being fuelled with HVO, this is resulting in a 90% reduction in carbon emissions from regular diesel.

“This is helping achieve our objective to be carbon neutral across our sport operations by the end of the 22/23 season. This is a small, but significant, example of how we are not only changing our own behaviour but aiming to have a wider impact on the sports sector and beyond.”

The report also highlights how Liverpool has maintained the highest level of the Premier League’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Standard, following its achievement as the first club to attain this recognition in 2017.

The majority of the club’s community initiatives are carried out through its official charity, LFC Foundation. Over the past three years, the Foundation has generated over £65 million in health benefits and injected more than £16 million directly into the local economy.

Rishi Jain, Director of Impact at Liverpool, commented: “The Red Way is a priority for the club, and it has been fantastic to see how quickly it has been adopted and implemented into every aspect of the business.

“The commitment our fans, staff, partners and stakeholders have demonstrated to The Red Way has also played a significant role in its success to date and will continue to support its ambitious goals to build a better future for our people, planet and communities.”

Since its launch in 2021, The Red Way serves as a guiding principle to create unity among fans, staff, partners and suppliers, as they work together to achieve objectives and drive tangible change.

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