From last week onwards Emirates Stadium is supplied with renewable energy only. No, it hasn't been covered with photovoltaic panels. Instead, the supplier pledges to provide only their solar plants' energy.
Octopus Energy will supply 100% of Emirates Stadium power supply, all of which will be generated at the provider's solar farms. The agreement was signed last week and is an expansion of last year's initiation of their partnership.
While the deal with Octopus Energy makes Arsenal the first Premier League club to switch to 100% renewables to power a stadium, the club has previously implemented various sustainability initiatives at the ground in Ashburton Grove. Octopus generates the clean energy at 154 solar farms across the UK and 66 in France.
Since moving to the new location Arsenal switched to LED lighting, saving some 20% of energy. Every month ome 10 tonnes of paper and plastic is recycled, combined with 1.5 tonne of glass per game. All these resources are thus not going to landfill.
During the process of building its new stadium, the club also invested £390m into a redevelopment programme for the surrounding area, which included a new £60m Waste Recycling Centre.
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