Policy and Commitment
- The club’s Environmental Policy is included within the Staff Handbook and is available on request to the public, stakeholders, partners, contractors and suppliers.
- The Community Trust is implementing an Environmental Sustainability action plan. It has set up an internal working group to implement changes. It has devised a visual for its six month commitment to kickstart change.
- Is an EFL Green Clubs member.
- The Trust joined forces with the EFL Trust and Smart Energy GB as part of its commitment to helping its community find and encourage alternative choices that are better for the environment.
- Partnered with Great Annual Savings Ltd to further reduce the club’s carbon footprint.
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- Train and bus travel to St Andrew’s is promoted on the club’s website.
- Has plans to survey its fans to better understand how they travel.
- Is looking to start a partnership with Voi – an e-scooter and e-bike provider.
- Is looking to introduce shuttlebus systems.
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
- The Community Sport Trust has installed a water filter machine to encourage all staff and students to use reusable bottles, with a view to eventually banning all single use plastic in the offices.
- Currently uses plastic cups in kiosks. Elior (the club’s catering supplier) is working with the club on a more environmentally friendly option.
- Food and beverages intended for Championship fixtures that were postponed during the COVID-19 lockdown were supplied to Birmingham Children’s Trust. The donation included 1,250 packets of crisps, 2,500 bottles of drinks and 400 packs of biscuits.
- The club aims to:
- Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
- Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers.
- Utilise resources such as materials and energy in a sustainable manner, using recyclable and re-usable products wherever possible.
- A pond at the training ground catches water that is reused.
- At the stadium, most of the water efficient faucets on taps in the toilets have an attachment to reduce the amount of water that comes from them.
Plant based/low carbon food
- The club offer Vegan Pukka Pies in the club’s kiosks around the stadium and will continue to work with street food traders that offer vegetarian options.
- Vegan products are available in hospitality on request for conference, events and match days.
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- The Community Hub (located on the Main Stand car park) is used to promote Smart Meters and signpost to those who are struggling with energy bills.
- The Trust holds Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for its staff on environmental sustainability.
- Additionally, the Trust offers its workshops and webinars via the English Football League Trust, Premier League, partners, staff and volunteers.
- Two of the Trust’s students have secured a green innovation fund from Birmingham FA to purchase recycling bins for the offices and classrooms.
- The club will implement a training program for its staff to raise awareness of environmental issues and enlist their support in improving the club’s performance.
- The Trust has partnered with Veolia to hold workshops and environmental roadshows. The aim of the Veolia roadshow is to educate fans on what can be recycled, how, the benefits and what happens to recycle, re-used and repurposed items. These will all be done by way of fun activities with a sporting theme.
- The Trust is looking to attend local schools with Veolia, to present at assemblies and school events to share the Birmingham City Council message of working towards a 40% recycling rate by 2026. It is also working on an activity pack for all of its camp participants to help educate and raise awareness of all things environmental sustainability.
Communication and Engagement
- The Trust participates in Planet League.
- The Trust use some branding to identify its environmental sustainability work on social and issue internal newsletters to keep staff updated and share progress.
- St Andrew’s is one of the collection points for Football Rebooted’s campaign which looks to save one million pairs of football boots from landfill.
- Participates in Pledgeball – a competition that encourages fans to reduce their matchday emissions.
Information sourced directly from Birmingham City F.C staff, website and third party websites
Information updated 07 March, 2023.