VivoPower ‘spurs’ Spurs’ Green goals


Tottenham is going green with new battery partner Image: Tottenham Hotspur

Propelled/driven by global energy company VivoPower, the English top flight professional football club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (UK) is pulling out all the stops in its unrelenting pursuit to keep Mother Earth clean and green and leave zero carbon footprints.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is an English professional football club in Tottenham, London that competes in the Premier League.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in North London, replacing the club’s previous stadium, White Hart Lane. With a seating capacity of 62,850, it is the third-largest football stadium in England and the largest club stadium in London.

A statement on the Tottenham Hotspur website informed that the global energy company VivoPower International PLC (Nasdaq: VVPR) is its Official Battery Technology Partner until the end of the 2021-22 football season.

US-headquartered VivoPower International PLC, which has operations in Australia, Canada, US, and UK is an international battery technology, electric vehicle, solar and critical power services company whose objective is to deliver sustainable energy solutions to its customers.

Tottenham Hotspur reported that this first-of-its-kind partnership formed part of Spurs’ all-encompassing aim to restrict adverse environmental impacts of its activities across all club operations.

Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, remarked, “We are committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of our activities across all operations in addition to using our global reach and appeal to raise awareness of the issue of climate change.”

Cullen added, “Science points towards an urgent need for businesses to decarbonize and the club is always open to new technologies and innovations to help achieve this core aim.

She elaborated, “It is the first partnership of its kind within the world of football and shows the club’s intent to reduce its carbon emissions. The work of companies like VivoPower with businesses like ours could be seen in years to come as an essential part of limiting the impacts of climate change.”

Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman and CEO of VivoPower, said, “We are delighted to be working with Tottenham Hotspur on what would be our first full suite SES (Sustainable Engineering Solutions) deal, our first deal involving infrastructure assets and our first SES deal in the UK. Tottenham not only has a fantastic history and heritage as one of the world’s pre-eminent football clubs, but also tops the Sport Positive Rankings as the English Premier League’s most sustainable club.”

“As VivoPower is a certified B Corporation, we have to be sure that our partners share our goals and ethos. Given Tottenham’s excellent sustainability credentials, we know we’re partnering with a sports business that shares our values and vision,” Chin added.

A certified B company drives a global movement of people using business as a force for good by meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performances, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit with purpose.

The NASDAQ-listed sustainable energy solutions provider VivoPower would curate, integrate and scale solutions for Tottenham on a mission to rapidly accelerate their zero carbon footprint.

“Our deal encompasses all aspects of our sustainable energy solutions which are available to all corporates looking to decarbonize far more rapidly than their competitors. We hope to assist Tottenham by delivering a turnkey SES outcome that enables the club to accelerate towards net zero carbon status,” Chin elucidated.

“Both the stadium and training ground projects will serve as perfect ambassadors for VivoPower’s work as we grow rapidly and help decarbonize businesses across the UK and all major international markets,” he stated.

VivoPower’s role

  • VivoPower will now undertake a review of Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium and training center to explore future solutions that could help the club accelerate towards becoming a net zero carbon business;
  • VivoPower will supply a large, solid state battery with capacity of more than 3 MW at the stadium to balance and guarantee the venue’s power supply;
  • A full-suite sustainable energy solution – including rooftop solar panels, battery storage, custom micro grid controls and electrical infrastructure – will also be designed for the club’s training center; and
  • VivoPower has also acquired marketing rights as the club’s Official Battery Technology Partner for cash consideration, with brand visibility on digital signage at Tottenham Hotspur home matches and regular content on the club’s popular social media channels to amplify VivoPower’s purpose and presence to a global audience.

In the carbon neutral stakes Tottenham Hotspur already enjoys an edge over other soccer clubs in the United Kingdom after it recently finished top of the 2020 Premier League Sustainability Table. The Table published by BBC Sport and the United Nations-backed Sport Positive Summit named Tottenham Hotspur as the English Premier League’s “greenest” club.

The club is also a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, demonstrating its commitment to playing its part to ensure the sports sector is on the path to a low-carbon future, in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming and mitigate climate change.

Last year, Tottenham Hotspur also became a founding partner of Count Us In, a global movement aiming to mobilize 1 billion people to reduce their carbon pollution and inspire leaders to deliver change in the fight against global warming.

The club was also a founding member of the 10:10 climate change campaign. The 10:10 initiative called on individuals, businesses, schools and other organizations to cut their emissions by 10 percent in a year and the club has been driven by this target since 2009 forwards.

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