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Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium has been using a best practice environmental management system to improve its impacts since 2007. The Live Earth event which was held at the Stadium in July 2007 was a starting point for continual improvements. The Live Earth event was a great opportunity to show how such large events can support artists, audiences and concert promoters in reducing the environmental impact of events. Since 2007 the Stadium has implemented an environmental management system to manage environmental impacts in key areas such as energy, waste, water, transport, procurement and communications. The Stadium has achieved numerous certifications such as the Three Star Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green mark award, Carbon Trust Standard certification and re-certification, Carbon Trust Waste Standard, 2 Green Tourism Awards, Green Apple Award and a Sustainability award at the Stadium Management Awards

Energy consumption is significant environmental impact for the Stadium and so several approaches have been taken to improve efficiency. Between 2007 and 2012 Wembley reduced electricity consumption by 32%. The Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green tool calculates that this has reduced carbon emissions from energy use by 6,000 tonnes! Wembley also monitors electricity consumption per visitor on event days and using the Industry Green tool has calculated that between 2011 and 2012 it reduced emissions from energy use per performance per seat by 9%. The stadium procures 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.    

These impressive reductions have been achieved mainly through focusing on improved management alongside some investment in equipment replacement. The Green Team Energy Sub Group sets internal targets for energy reduction and manages the implementation of projects and campaigns. Staff from Wembley Stadium and contract partners sit on the Green Team to ensure there is a joined up approach. All non-essential lighting is switched off on non-event days, including its iconic Arch. There are procedures in place to ensure that key staff across the business including cleaning, security and catering contractors book lighting requests with a set switch off time. Heating, cooling and lighting settings are booked for different areas of the Stadium depending on their usage each day of the week. LED lighting has been installed in areas which are permanently lit, such as lift cars, and movement sensors have been installed in areas frequently used, such as office spaces. 

Engaging with staff and audiences is an important element of Wembley’s approach. In 2012 a Green Team Expo event was run to engage with staff and contract partners. The event included activities and information about all key impact areas, including energy efficiency, promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency companies and an opportunity to take part in a pedal-power contest. In March 2012, during WWF’s Earth Hour, the lights on the iconic arch were switched off early at 8:30pm at the end of the Saracens rugby match. An Earth Hour message was communicated to the audience at half time on the big screens in the bowl. 

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Lighting

Lighting settings are set for different areas of the Stadium depending on their usage each day of the week, and systems are in place to allow key staff including cleaning, security, and catering contractors to book lighting requests with a set switch-off time. LED lighting has been installed in areas that are permanently lit (such as lift cars) and movement sensors to activate lights have been installed in areas that are frequently used (such as office spaces). All non-essential lighting is switched off on non-event days, including the Stadium’s iconic Arch.


Monitoring

Wembley Stadium has been very carefully tracking its energy usage and related carbon emissions, allowing the Stadium to keep track of the reductions achieved – 32% from 2007 to 2012. Using the Julie’s Bicycle IG Tool, they have determined that this has reduced carbon emissions from energy use by 6,000 tonnes CO2e! Wembley also monitors electricity consumption per visitor on event days and using the IG Tool has calculated that between 2011 and 2012 it reduced emissions from energy use per performance per seat by 9%.


Internal communications

Wembley Stadium has an extensive Green Team, which includes an Energy Sub Group to set internal targets for energy reduction and manage the implementation of projects and campaigns. The Green Team includes both staff as well as representatives from contract partners to ensure there is a joined up approach. In 2012 a Green Team Expo event was run to engage with staff and contract partners. This included activities and information about all key impact areas, including energy efficiency, promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency companies and an opportunity to take part in a pedal-power contest.



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