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Wembley Stadium Achieves Highest Standard for Sustainable Events

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Wembley Stadium connected by EE has been awarded the highest standard of sustainability by the International Organization for Standardization [ISO] for its Event Sustainability Management System [ESMS].

England’s national stadium has been awarded the prestigious international standard of sustainability in events [ISO 20121] certificate for the high standard of sustainability work across all its events in order to efficiently regulate the stadium’s social, economic and environmental impact.

Efforts have so far focused on addressing the following important sustainability topics: energy and water; waste; food; transport; community; procurement and commercial partnerships; wellbeing, training and culture. Key achievements for Wembley Stadium include:

·         Zero waste-to-landfill since 2010

·         Donation of 27,825 Wembley Stadium event tickets to community groups in 2018

·         Installation of 16 water bottle re-fill stations around the stadium

·         Implementation of a sustainable procurement policy

·         Completion of sustainability training for the stadium’s events team

·         Introduction of a compulsory sustainability training module for all new joiners

·         Introduction of vegetarian and vegan meal options in all areas

·         Organisation of a partner’s sustainability day to facilitate cross-industry collaboration

·         Donation of soil from Wembley Stadium to local parks as part of a re-generation initiative

·         Supported the installation of electric vehicle charging points outside the stadium

·         Providing all employees with reusable coffee cups and water bottles

·         Piloting reusable cups and eliminating plastic straws

Sarah Smith, Facilities & Sustainability Manager for the stadium spoke of the certification:

“This is a huge achievement for Wembley Stadium and for all the employees who continually make an effort to maintain the high standards we have set under our system. Maintaining these standards requires everyone to adapt and change their “business-as-usual” approach. As a multi-use stadium, it can be a real challenge to operate in a more sustainable manner whilst meeting the varying needs of each event, but we’ve been able to make real progress by coming together through The FA Sustainability Team and finding solutions that work for Wembley.”