Policy and Commitment
- An “Environment & Health” page can be found on 1.FC Union Berlin’s website and lists some of the ecological projects of the club. https://www.fc-union-berlin.de/de/engagement/umwelt-gesundheit/
- In January 2023, 1.FC Union Berlin expanded its sustainability team. Now a three-person team will make the topic of sustainability visible and expand on the Iron Ones.
- Combined heat and power plant installed at the stadium. The plant supplies the heating systems and the central hot water supply of the new grandstand, as well as the existing turf heating systems at both the An der Alten Försterei stadium and on the training field. The switch from heating oil to natural gas at An der Alten Försterei stadium will save 600 tons of CO2 a year. The decentralized power generation supplies roughly 300 MWh per year.
- Energy-efficient use of heat lamps for the pitch.
- Public transport (train, bus and tram) travel to the stadium is promoted on a ‘Travel’ page on the website
- Several hundred bike parking spots have been installed, which are heavily utilised.
- When there are no complications, the Union Berlin playing squad will use the train to travel to games.
- Three charging points for electric or hybrid vehicles into operation at the stadium An der Alten Försterei.
- Company vehicles can also be ordered as electric cars.
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
- Reusable drinks cups used in the stadium, as well as containers for mustard and ketchup.
- All products in the club shop are made of recycled material or made of cotton grown organically are labelled with this special label.
- The sausages are offered in a roll and not on plates.
- The 22/23 home and away jerseys are made with 100% recycled materials.
- A waste prevention strategy has been implemented.
- Recyclable waste (paper, glass) is separated and returned to the cycle.
- Installed waterless urinals in the entirety of the main stand.
Plant based/low carbon food
- The stadium catering in the Waldseite beer garden & Hämmerling beer garden offers “PitaKarpata” (vegetarian & vegan flatbreads).
- When selecting fish and fish products, Union Berlin makes sure not to include products from endangered stocks.
- Union Berlin prefers organic products and fair trade products and attaches great importance to the use of seasonal and environmentally friendly food from the region.
- In 2013, Union took over the first official stream sponsorship for a part of the Wuhle, which is located adjacent to the stadium. The stream is under the protection of ‘Eisern’, with the aim of maintaining the ecological quality of the water.
- Club activities include cleaning up the surroundings of the Wuhle river near the stadium twice a year and hosting bees on the club’s ground near the stadium.
- To reduce wastewater pollution, biodegradable cleaning products are used.
- Lawn care in the stadium and on the training grounds is carried out without the use of pesticides.
- Various measures to protect toads in the adjacent forest were implemented together with the municipality.
- Three bee colonies were settled on the stadium grounds.
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Communication and Engagement
- An “Environment & Health” page can be found on 1.FC Union Berlin’s website and lists some of the ecological projects of the club https://www.fc-union-berlin.de/de/engagement/umwelt-gesundheit/
- Sustainability page on stadium website https://www.altefoersterei.berlin/stadion-an-der-alten-foersterei/nachhaltigkeit
- As part of Union’s outfitter adidas and Parley For The Oceans joint initiative “RUN FOR THE OCEANS 2022”, the club encouraged people to collect as many active minutes as possible on the adidas Running App. Every 10 minutes of sport equated to one plastic bottle cleaned from beaches and islands by adidas and Parley.
- The association operates a learning centre and offers courses and action days for school classes. The learning centre is part of the “Stadium as a place of learning” initiative.
- The sports promotion department of the association works together with day care centers and schools and brings around 7,000 children a year into contact with sorts and exercise in a playful way.
- The association’s foundation has set up a program to support socially disadvantaged students at two partner schools. Support is provided through content-related programs and material resources.
- The club’s junior players receive the best possible combination of performance-oriented training and school education, which usually ends with the Abitur, through the cooperation with the Flatow-Oberschule (elite football school).
Information sourced directly from 1.FC Union Berlin staff, website and third party websites
Information updated May 15 2023