Our Environmental Policy
We’re dedicated to becoming a truly sustainable football club – a world first.
Our aim is to make FGR a place where we can demonstrate eco thinking and technology to a new audience – football fans. Indeed, we believe that we have the opportunity to introduce sustainability to the wider world of sport, not just football.
We know that a football club has an impact on the environment, so we've implemented an Environmental Management System to measure those impacts and target them for reduction.
Within our Environmental Management System, we've set ourselves ambitious targets to continually improve performance, significantly reduce pollution made by all areas of the club, and ensure we’re compliant with environmental regulations.
We’ll look to reduce the impact of our activities through numerous initiatives, including:
- Making pitch irrigation independent from the water mains – using a combination of rain, drain and spring water.
- Creating an organic pitch. This means we’ll not use any pesticides or man-made chemicals.
- Protecting and enhancing biodiversity around the ground by safeguarding and improving habitats, and by making FGR a great place for wildlife.
- Installing electric vehicle charge points to make it easier for players and visitors to use electric vehicles.
- Trialling the use of electric vehicles for our players.
- Continuing to promote healthier food for our players, staff, visitors and fans. Using increasing percentages of local and organic ingredients – and by focusing on the bigger picture issue of food choice. The club is the first vegan football club in the world.
- Making as much of the energy we use on site ourselves, including installing solar PV at the club to reduce the stadium’s reliance on the grid, while lowering the club’s energy bills and carbon footprint.
We’re also creating an eco-education venue – so that we can show a wider audience the changes we have made, how they work and the impact they’ve had, empowering people to change their own lives.
An important outcome of this policy is, we hope, long term behavioural change, not only at our club, but amongst supporters and the rest of the sporting world too.
You can download a copy of our Annual Environmental Footprint report below:
Chairman, Forest Green Rovers FC
Last reviewed 19 May 2017