Policy and Commitment
- Launched a sustainability webpage and has pages for: Our Commitmemt, Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Transport, Single Use Plastics, Waste Management, Water Efficiency, Biodiversity, Education as well as Communication and Engagement. The sustainability webpage can be viewed here: https://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/more/more-sustainable-operations
- A sustainability working group representing all areas of the club meets regularly to update, review and plan progress.
- Sustainability is one of the 6 key themes for Burnley FC for the 2022/23 season, as voted for by the club’s staff.
- Burnley FC in the Community has a designated Trustee sustainability champion, a sustainability policy and action plan, as well as an internal working group, which feeds into and shares best practice with the whole club working group.
- Is working with East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce to calculate the club’s carbon footprint.Is an EFL Green Clubs member.
- Is an EFL Green Clubs member.
- 100% renewable energy at the stadium and training ground through renewable energy provider
- Feasibility studies are being conducted around the installation of solar at the stadium, and on Burnley FC in the Community sites.
- Club is ESOS compliant and has undergone energy audits to identify energy saving opportunities and carbon reduction strategies across the Stadium and training ground.
- The club has recently gone through a comprehensive electrical network refurbishment.New equipment allows the localised monitoring of energy consumption. A scoping exercise is currently underway to allow the remote monitoring in real-time of energy consumption. The electrical upgrade has provided a larger power supply meanin that the club no longer relies on a diesel generator to supplement supplies on a matchday.
- LED lighting used including floodlights.
- Phased program of replacing older lighting with more efficient LED lighting with any new lighting installations required to be LED. The Stadium Press Room and Multi-Faith Room have both been converted to LED lighting. To date around 90% of stadium lighting is LED.
- Since 2013 Burnley Football club has partnered with an energy management consultancy, to become a more sustainable and energy efficient club. This includes the provision of an energy use monitoring platform for the Stadium and Training Facilities.
- Club is working with its energy partner to identify solutions to reduce its energy waste and carbon output and improve performance of electrical equipment across the estate. The club has introduced standard operating procedures across all match day functions which give specific instructions to staff in the areas of start-up and shut down processes, in order to reduce the amount of time of peak energy consumption
- Electric mowers are being introduced in the Stadium and Training Ground, as existing petrol mowers reach the end of their life. This reduces unnecessary waste. Three petrol mowers were replaced by electric during the 21/22 season, with a further three being added at the beginning of the 22/23 season, taking the total to six.
- Grow lights at the stadium were replaced at the beginning of the 22/23 season, with a model that is around two thirds more efficient that the previous models. The previous lighting rigs were sold on, preventing the need for dispoal.
- The training ground heating and air handling is managed via a Building Management System, ensuring maximum efficiency. A Building Management System has also been installed into the North Stand Executive area as part of its refurbishment, which will ensure maximum efficiency in the use of heating and lighting.
- Working with consultancy to implement BMS’s in other areas scheduled for refurbishment or by retro-fitting
- All heating and air handling units which are not managed by BMS are on timer systems, ensuring that they are only in use when needed.
- Cleaning products have been changed to a high concentrated formula which is diluted on site via a dispensing system. This reduces bulk and weight when being transported and reduces the volume of waste
- All oil fired boilers have now been decommissioned and replaced with high efficiency gas fired boilers and hot water systems – 2021/22 pre-season.
- The gas boiler in the Bob Lord Stand has been replaced with an electric boiler. This will remove around 66,000kWh of gas consumption annually, and reduce energy consumption by an estimated 40% (26,300kWh)).At the same time, the heating system has been zoned to ensure higher levels of efficiency in the areas heated. Obsolete pipework has also been removed to reduce the amount heated.
- The Jimmy McIlroy stand has seen three brand new gas boilers installed.At the same time, the heating system has been zoned to ensure higher levels of efficiency in the areas heated. Obsolete pipework is being removed to reduce the size of the system that requires heating.
- Temperature reducing valves have been installed through the North and Jimmy McIlroy Stands, reducing the amount of hot water that needs to be produced.
- A scheme to super-insulate areas of the stadium and training ground is currently being designed
- All PC’s/Laptops in the main club office are set to a 1 minute standby setting.
- Accessible by train and bus. Matchday information for supporters always includes information on sustainable travel methods.
- Work closely with local bus companies, supporting public transport methods where possible
- The club provides bike racks and storage boxes for staff and visitors at the stadium to encourage less people to travel by car and staff are encouraged to participate in the Governments ‘cycle to work scheme’
- Showers and changing facilities provided for ‘cycle to work scheme’
- Burnley FC have also introduced a salary sacrifice scheme to facilitate employees to purchase electric vehicles.
- There are three Electric Vehicle charging points at the Stadium
- ‘Car share scheme’ established and operated by the first team players, where they have purchased a minibus to transport themselves to and from training sessions during the week.
- No matchday unreserved parking on stadium car parks. Since the 2021/22 season, the number of parking spaces available for reservation has been reduced by around 55 spaces.
- The buggy that staff use to travel around the training ground is electric
- Where travel between the stadium and training ground is required by players and playing staff, a mini-bus shuttle service operates, reducing the number of car journeys that are made
- A detailed travel plan is to be developed and will highlight sustainable methods of travelling to the stadium and training ground
- Charging points are scheduled to be installed at the training ground during the summer 2023.
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
- Introduced reusable cups at Turf Moor which will remove around 150,000 single use plastic cups from waste every season.
- Additional water fountains have been installed at the training ground to encourage the use of refillable bottles.
- Removed the supply and use of single use plastic water bottles at the training ground. Single use plastic water bottles are prohibited in first team training areas. The club has provided playing, coaching and back room staff with reusable plastic bottles.
- Further investigation is taking place at the stadium to introduce a similar scheme
- Removed the use of plastic carrier bags in the Clarets Store and replaced them with recyclable paper bags with purchase; previously around 5,000 plastic bags a year were issued
- Burnley FC Hospitality have replaced single use plastic straws with biodegradable alternatives
- Burnley FC Ground Catering have replaced plastic cutlery with wooden alternatives.
- Spray bottles are now refilled from dispensers, rather than being single use, previously, around 3,000 single use spray bottles a year were purchased
- A process to review how usage of plastics and look for alternative products, or work with suppliers and changing their processes in all areas of the club is ongoing.
- Where water bottles are used, these are now 100% recycled.
- Turf Moor offers free feminine hygiene products in all its toilet facilities. Since the start of the 2022/23 season, these products have been changed from regular items to sustainably produced.
- In the 2022/23 season and for the first time, the Junior Clarets gift did not contain any plastic items.
- The club has a waste management strategy where all recyclable or recoverable waste is removed by the waste handler.
- Work closely with waste collection providers to ensure the club’s ambition to be a zero-waste organisation is embraced and worked towards.
- Annually less than 3% of waste goes to landfill.
- Unrecovered waste is incinerated and used to generate electricity
- Burnley FC developed a partnership with a company that recycles IT equipment. Old IT equipment is either broken down into component parts and recycled or is refurbished for reuse. In return for the club’s old equipment, the recycling company donated trees to be planted on Burnley FC and Burnley FC in the Community sites. These were planted during the Winter 2021/22 tree planting season.
- Burnley FC has also developed a partnership with a furniture recycling company, with the aim of ensuring that old/broken furniture is fully recycled, or refurbished for re-use, rather than it going to landfill.
- Plastics, cardboard and glass are separated at source and are then further processed at the recycling plant.
- Recycling bins are used at the stadium and training ground, but these aren’t supporter/customer facing.
- Used cooking oil is recycled into bio-diesel.
- Flyaway mowing is practiced on some of the training ground pitches, meaning that cut grass does not become waste to be disposed of.
- The club is in the process of ensuring that all new purchases/products are accompanied by a sustainable disposal strategy. If a sustainable disposable solution is not possible, strict criteria will be required to be met before purchase is authorised
- The Clarets Store stock a range of 100% recycled merchandise including school bags, rucksacks, and sports bags.
- Clarets season cards will no longer be re-issued every year saving around 12,000 plastic cards being send out via post each season.
- Burnley FC Ticket Office have removed competition branding from paper tickets meaning that they can be used for any league or cup game, reducing the amount of unused/waste tickets.
- The club is making an effort to reduce water usage across all areas.
- A strategy of ensuring that the purchase of new equipment takes into account its efficiency in the use of water.
- The stadium has undergone a programme of toilet cistern replacement in its concourse areas. New toilet cisterns now use between 3 and 6L on a dual flush system compared to the 11L single flush cistern they replace. One corporate area has also undergone a complete refurbishment with similar reduced capacity toilets installed and all cisterns replaced.
- 90% of concourse urinals are now waterless.
- Consumption reduction devices are fitted to all taps throughout the stadium and training ground
- The club has an extraction licence for the River Calder from which 25m3 of water per day can be extracted, when flow levels are sufficient. Extracted water accounts for around 10% of total water usage on site, reducing consumption of treated water.
- Wastewater from the training ground is treated on site and discharged to the River Calder. No waste or surface water is sent to water treatment works
- Rainfall is measured, and technology is being used to accurately predict the weather. By ensuring that pitches at the stadium and training ground are only watered when it hasn’t rained, or when no rainfall is forecast the amount of irrigation water is reduced.
- A new wash off area for grounds machinery at the training ground has a water recycling mechanism which reduces the amount of clean water taken from the mains.
Plant based/low carbon food
- Vegan and vegetarian options are available in hospitality areas and at the training ground
- Vegan options are being investigated with the intention of introducing in kiosks during the 2022/23 season. The catering department to date have sourced vegan lager and cider.
- Vegan friendly non-alcoholic beers/lagers and ciders have been introduced across all stadium outlets.
- Vegetarian options are available via concourse and fan zone outlets on a match day
- Oat and soya milk options are available in the club’s corporate areas on matchdays and non-matchdays.
- Approximately 50% of food suppliers are local. Work with catering suppliers to ensure where possible, the procurement and supply chain is sustainable with produce locally grown. For example, beef is sourced from the Ribble Valley (10 miles away), match day pie provider is also 10 miles away
- The training ground is habitat to a number of protected species, snipes, bats, voles, newts and various flora
- Regular surveys are undertaken to ensure that the activities of the club are not having a detrimental effect on these species
- Landscaping work is planned to ensure that species of plant and tree are used that are supportive to the habit
- In 2023 pitch treatments were changed to organic products
- Ground staff have undergone hedgehog awareness sessions and mowers are labelled with warning signs.
- East Lancashire Beekeepers society have assisted with information about providing new habitats and food sources for bees and other pollinators in non-playing areas of the training ground and also Burnley FC in the Community sites.This is work in progress, led by ground staff at the clubs training ground.
- Planters on the stadium footprint have been specifically requested to be planted with pollinator friendly species.
- Non-Lethal bird control methods (hawks) are used within the stadium to reduce nuisance birds and avoid unintended impacts on non-target protected populations
- At Burnley FC in the Community’s, Whitehough Outdoor Centre, military veterans have designed, built and delivered a variety of eco-projects on the 22 acre site, this includes pond renovations, and habit building such as the ‘Bugingham Palace’ project.
- Aligning with the club mascots Bertie and Bella Bee a ‘Bee Bomb’ is included in the Junior Clarets gift for the 2022/23 season.
- Burnley FC and Burnley FC in the Community will work together to support young people from the community in the delivery of the Premier League Inspires Challenge. This year the Challenge asks young people to investigate and present opportunities for their football club to operate in a more sustainable manner
- Two members of Burnley FC staff and two members of Burnley FC in the Community Staff have participated in a L1 Introduction to Sustainability qualification with Lancashire Adult Learning.This course will now be offered to all members of staff who wish to participate.
- Burnley FC in the Community has a wide range of environmental activities at Whitehough which will be used as part of the ‘protect the planet’ challenge. As part of this challenge, young people will be asked on the Community’s programmes to learn about its bug hotel ‘Bugingham Palace’ which was built by participants on its Veterans Programme, and the positive impact of insects on the environment and our need to protect them and provide safe spaces for them. As part of this programme, the young people will be encouraged to create their own Bugingham Palace at home and share pictures with Whitehough to be displayed in the classroom. This will form part of a competition with the winning participants able to attend an event at Whitehough later in the year celebrating their positive impact on the environment.
- Burnley FC in the Community is looking to deliver the Protect the Planet Challenge around Earth Day in April 2023 to allow a combined effort to raise awareness around environmental sustainability. The Community will then look to continue this theme throughout our delivery with an appeal to sponsors for reusable water bottles to help the waste of single use plastic bottles at Premier League Kicks and Limitless Clarets Sessions.
- Burnley FC staff will have the opportunity to participate in sustainability awareness workshops with the club’s supporter group – Sustainable Clarets. These will be delivered with the intention of embedding sustainable operations into the decision-making processes across all departments.
Communication and Engagement
- A page has been built on the Burnley FC website which illustrates the Sustainability Policy, the club’s action plan, and celebrates the work that has and is taking place. https://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/more/more-sustainable-operations
- A supporters group ‘Sustainable Clarets’ has recently been established. The club will engage with the group in respect of informing them of the club’s work and progress, and where appropriate, also to utilise the knowledge and expertise of individuals in informing the club’s decisions and priorities
- Matchday information for supporters always includes information on sustainable travel methods.
- Burnley FC took part in the Green Football Weekend.Participation included asking supporters to consider how they travelled to the fixture, the running of a Pledgeball Fixture, and interviews with club staff and Sustainable Clarets which featured on the BBC and Sky.
- Burnley FC in the Community are part of Planet Super League as part of their schools programme (winning the competition in Summer 2021). This project encourages and engages with the club’s fans and the wider community to make positive behaviour change in their own lives and homes. On request, the club supports Burnley FC in the Community in the next round of the Planet Super League competition via the club’s media channels.
- Burnley FC in the Community has been nominated for the Red Rose Awards for their work in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance Initiatives.
- The ‘Keep the Clarets Warm’ initiative, set up in response to the rising costs of energy, recycles clothing to ensure that members of the community are able to access warm clothing over the winter.
- All staff email footers contain a ‘Think before you Print’ message.
- Supporters completed a survey on sustainability as the club aims to be more environmentally conscious. The survey covered various topics including fans attitudes towards climate change, the connection between football and sustainability and perceptions around the club’s sustainability pledges.
- Teamed up with environmental charity Pledgeball in an ongoing effort to be more environmentally friendly and to encourage matchday supporters to change their behaviours.
- Supported WWF’s 2023 #WorldWithoutNature campaign by removing the nature elements from the club’s crest for the day.
Information sourced directly from Burnley F.C. staff, website and third party websites
Information updated 07 March, 2023.