Products of change. News

POC's COP26 Countdown | The English Football League launches EFL Green Clubs initiative

Tue 12 Oct 2021 | 11:27 am GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

The EFL partners with GreenCode

The English Football League has joined forces with the environmental accreditation scheme, GreenCode, to ‘put football clubs front and centre’ of the sectors doing their bit for the planet. With the UK soon to become the world’s focal point for sustainable development when COP26 lands in Glasgow next month, Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston has championed a new scheme to be launched by the EFL called for working to support clubs across the country improve their environmental practices. Called EFL Green Clubs, the programme will aim to share its expertise across the League’s 72 members and will include an accreditation scheme that will benchmark clubs’ environmental rating, provide bespoke guidance and practical advice to help clubs implement change. Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, said: “COP26 in Glasgow is now just around the corner and the EFL Green Clubs initiative rightly puts football clubs front and centre of those sectors doing their bit for the planet.” GreenCode is a new environmental accreditation scheme born from the work of the environmentalist, Dale Vince and the team at Forest Green Rovers – who pioneered work at the League Two Club to help it become recognised by the UN and FIFA as the world’s greenest football club. Through EFL Green Clubs, the English Football League will provide funding to enable any club to access the scheme. The EFL will also be undertaking a GreenCode assessment to help improve its own environmental practice. Participating clubs will receive an independent assessment of their environmental credentials. The goal will be to achieve a GC Mark. On top of all of this, the EFL Trust – the charitable arm of the EFL – will be implementing a Sustainable Development Coordinator and will be encouraging all Club Community Organisations to employ a Sustainable Development Officer through the extended Kickstart programme. Trevor Birch, EFL Chief Executive, said: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind today and therefore it is vitally important that the EFL and its clubs take steps to improve and minimise our environmental impact. “Professional football will not be immune to the effects of the climate crisis and there has never been a more important time for the EFL and its Clubs to make a collective commitment in this area.” A number of Clubs in the EFL are already taking practical steps towards becoming more sustainable. “Using the expertise of the global leader in our ranks, we hope the EFL Green Clubs will provide an opportunity for every Club in our competition to continue, enhance or begin their journey to a more sustainable future,” continued Birch. Dale Vince, founder of GreenCode, added: “GreenCode distils everything we’ve learned from a decade of greening up Forest Green Rovers – and creating the global standard in sustainability. “We’re here to help anybody on the road to net zero – that’s what GreenCode is for. We’re excited to get this initiative off the ground and the icing on the cake for us is to be launching with our very own league, the EFL. “By embracing sustainability as an issue and a collective responsibility serves as a perfect example to others.”
related articles
Driving sustainable change in sport

“Sport feels responsible for its own carbon footprint, as well those of its fans.”

Read More

Wed 28 Apr 2021 | 10:22 pm GMT

Spurs is greenest football club

Tottenham Hotspur has topped the 2020 Premier League Sustainability Table, published by BBC Sport and the Sport Positive Summit, scoring a maximum of 21 points.

Read More

Wed 03 Feb 2021 | 11:49 am GMT

New racing series to 3D print trophies

Extreme E, a brand-new motorsport series which aims to highlight the issue of the climate crisis, will create the winners’ trophies from consumer plastic waste using 3D printing.

Read More

Tue 09 Feb 2021 | 03:17 pm GMT

TikTok highlights impact of climate change

TikTok has partnered with the new off-roading racing series, Extreme E to highlight the impact of climate change while bringing the off-road racing experience to the TikTok community.

Read More

Thu 08 Apr 2021 | 07:27 am GMT

Most read stories
M&S to relaunch Plan A

Retailer relaunching its Plan A sustainability programme and creating a board subcommittee to oversee the retailer's environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities

Read More

Tue 22 Dec 2020 | 12:40 pm GMT

Unilever introduces recyclable toothpaste tubes

Unilever’s oral care brands including Signal, Pepsodent and Closeup have announced plans to convert their entire global toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes by 2025.

Read More

Tue 01 Jun 2021 | 06:59 am GMT

Debbie Harry teams with eco-design duo

Singer and activist is working with Vim + Omi on a new sustainable collection.

Read More

Thu 03 Dec 2020 | 02:41 pm GMT

A vacuum cleaner built to last

Former Dyson engineer has created the Lupe Pure Cordless, a vacuum cleaner made from recycled plastic and each individual part is removable, replaceable and recyclable.

Read More

Fri 05 Mar 2021 | 11:10 am GMT

Brand Licensing Europe confirms first wave of exhibitors for 2021 show

With just over four months to go, a wide range of licensing companies have pledged their support for this year’s BLE.

Read More

Thu 15 Jul 2021 | 06:16 am GMT

Fashion must move with what the consumer demands

Karen Hewitt from Character.com says: “Sustainability in fashion is quickly becoming one of the industry's top priorities. The power will ultimately lie with the consumer and what they demand.”

Read More

Thu 24 Jun 2021 | 05:59 am GMT

Co-op to produce carbon neutral own-brand food and drink

The Co-op has announced that it will be the first supermarket to sell fully carbon neutral own brand food and drink by 2025.

Read More

Tue 18 May 2021 | 12:01 pm GMT

Climate-neutral delivery of Big Macs with green hydrogen truck

In a world first, logistics company HAVI transported ingredients for Big Macs and other products to a McDonald’s restaurant in a zero-emission hydrogen truck in Switzerland.

Read More

Tue 11 May 2021 | 08:57 am GMT