English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has agreed a deal for VivoPower International to become its official battery technology partner as it moves towards becoming a net zero carbon business.
The first-of-its-kind partnership with VivoPower, a sustainable energy solutions company with operations in the UK, North America, Australia and the Netherlands, will run until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Tottenham will use the partnership to further its plans to minimise the environmental impacts of its activities across all club operations. As part of the deal, VivoPower will undertake a review of the club’s stadium and training centre to explore solutions that can help Tottenham’s net zero carbon goals.
VivoPower is set to supply a large, solid state battery with capacity of more than three megawatts at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to balance and guarantee the venue’s power supply. A full-suite sustainable energy solution including rooftop solar panels, battery storage, custom microgrid controls and electrical infrastructure will also be designed for Tottenham’s training centre.
The deal also grants VivoPower marketing rights, with brand visibility on digital signage at Tottenham home matches and regular content on the club’s social channels.
Donna-Maria Cullen, executive director at Tottenham, said: “We are committed to minimising 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.
“Science points towards an urgent need for businesses to decarbonise and the club is always open to new technologies and innovations to help achieve this core aim.
“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 chief executive of VivoPower, added: “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.
“Our deal encompasses all aspects of our sustainable energy solutions which are available to all corporates looking to decarbonise 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.
“Both the stadium and training ground projects will serve as perfect ambassadors for VivoPower’s work as we grow rapidly and help decarbonise businesses across the UK and all major international markets.”
Tottenham is a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework and the club is also a founding partner of Count Us In, a global movement aiming to mobilise 1 billion people in the fight against climate change.
Tottenham has also planted thousands of new and semi-mature trees and tens of thousands of new plants, hedges and flowers across its training centre as part of plans to establish an ecological habitat.
Tottenham was recently named the Premier League’s greenest club following a study carried out by BBC Sport and the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit.