English Premier League football club Arsenal has marked the official transition of its Emirates Stadium to 100 per cent renewably supplied electricity as part of its partnership with Octopus Energy.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, manager Arsene Wenger and Octopus Energy chief executive Greg Jackson met at the stadium to mark the occasion of becoming the first Premier League club to switch to green energy.
Emirates Stadium also has a recycled water supply which is used to reduce waste, with all food waste being sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is transferred into another energy supply for the club.
Octopus Energy has allowed Arsenal to save 2.32 million kg of carbon dioxide per year, which translates to the equivalent weight of a 183 double-decker buses, or the annual C02 emissions of 580 fans.
Gazidis said: “It is important we all take steps in this area and I am pleased that we have switched to green energy as a result of our partnership with Octopus Energy.”
Jackson added: “Green energy is at a tipping point, the technology to create electricity from renewable sources is now so efficient, that we can offer ‘green’ energy to our customers which is cheaper than many ‘non green’ tariffs. Being green doesn’t have to cost the earth.
“We have been delighted to work with such an awesome club as Arsenal, and are looking forward to continuing our partnership into the future.”
Octopus Energy is the UK’s largest investor in solar farms, having built 154 in the country with another 66 in France. Its solar farms generate 40 per cent of all the UK’s large scale solar, which is enough to power over a quarter of a million homes.