Policy and Commitment
- Is an EFL Green Clubs member.
- All suppliers for stadium go through an informal review of environmental policies.
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- All systems in kiosks are now switched off until matchday or day before matchday.
- £64,000 spent upgrading to energy efficient boilers at the stadium.
- Halogen bulbs replaced with LEDs throughout the stadium.
- Partial rollout of auto switch-off lights at the stadium and training ground to ensure energy isn’t being wasted.
- Ongoing rollout of new energy efficient hand-dryers to replace older models at the stadium and training ground.
- Public transport (bus and train) travel to Portman Road is promoted on the club’s website.
- The club organises coaches for away travel.
- Recently installed staff cycle parking at the stadium.
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
- Stopped using straws altogether and is moving towards sauce dispensers instead of individual plastic sachets.
- The club is installing more water dispensers at the stadium and the training ground to help reduce single-use plastic,
- All venues now use biodegradable paper cups. Over 150,000 single-use plastic cups per season cut out of use due to this change.
- Plastic knives and forks in venues have been replaced with wood and bamboo.
- All bottled water sold uses 100% recycled plastic in the bottles.
- A water machine for office staff has been installed at the stadium and has already saved around 3,500 bottles.
- Reusable water bottles issued to all staff to help eliminate single-use plastic bottles at the club.
- Plastic carrier bags have been replaced with paper bags in the club’s Planet Blue merchandise store at Portman Road. The new bag range is fully recyclable and compostable.
- The club is working with its merchandise suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic used within the packaging of the products being sold through the store.
- Zero waste to landfill contract with the club’s waste solution providers. Waste is separated at facility. Recyclable goods are recycled.
- All sites follow the club’s zero waste to landfill policy, with waste being sorted by the club’s waste disposal partners and recycled where possible, or turned back into energy where recycling isn’t possible.
- Installed specific food waste bins for vendors and kitchens.
- All glass is recycled through the club’s waste solution providers.
- Moved to a SAGE system to reduce paper usage.
- Moved away from paper based purchase orders which required multiple, often redundant forms to be printed to digital purchase order system.
- All food waste during the week and on matchdays is now processed into renewable green energy thanks to Sole Bay.
- Any items that cannot be recycled are processed into electricity through the club’s waste provider.
- Water saving devices in all bathroom facilities at both the stadium and training ground including water efficient toilets. No water systems explored but found not to be viable as the club states that it does not have the throughput needed to keep system working.
- Pitch currently watered using partial greywater from rain.
Plant based/low carbon food
- Vegan options are readily available in the concourses at Portman Road and in the FanZone.
- The FanZone at Portman Road includes a ‘Justaburger’ vegan option.
- Fans can also choose from a Vegetarian Pie and a Vegan Sausage Roll.
- Made a switch to locally sourced carbon neutral crisps.
- Does not work with any chemicals caustic enough to require spill training or specialised spill kits.
- All natural products are used on the pitch.
- Keeps a register of all applications made to pitch and what was used for tracking purposes.
- As part of a ‘Think Smart, Think Blue, Recycle’ campaign, the club worked with the council to educate the younger generations by running assemblies at partner schools of the Ipswich Town Foundation.
Communication and Engagement
- Supported WWF’s 2023 #WorldWithoutNature campaign by removing the nature elements from the club’s crest for the day.
- Participated in Planet League’s ‘Planet League Cup’ competition.
- Joined forces with Ipswich Borough Council to re-launch a ‘Think Smart, Think Blue, Recycle’ campaign which raises awareness of the importance of recycling and the impact of plastic pollution. Supporters saw lamppost banners and branded up bins in the town centre as well as at Portman Road which carried key messages about the importance of recycling. Bin lorries were once again wrapped ina ‘Think Smart, Think Blue, Recycle’ branding which included the club mascots Bluey and Crazee.
- Cub mascot Bluey joined ‘Rubbish Walks’ (an award-winning social enterprise based in Suffolk who are dedicated to raising awareness around the issues single use plastic and general litter causes) in a litter pick around Ipswich. The group passed Portman Road where Bluey helped to clear litter in public areas around the club.
- On 27th March 2021, the club showed its support for WWF’s ‘Earth Hour’ by switching of all lights at Portman Road at 8:30pm for one hour, to show its commitment to protecting the planet.
Information sourced directly from Ipswich Town F.C staff, website and third party websites
Information updated 07 March, 2023.