- WWK ARENA is the first climate-neutral football stadium in the world. Most of this is achieved from two large heat pumps, which use close-to-surface geothermal energy and form the core of the energy system https://www.fcaugsburg.de/en/page/co2-neutrality-74
- Considering onside generation at both facilities, as well as opting for renewable energy sources for all external input, at least 80% of all energy used and provided across all club sites comes from renewable sources. FC Augsburg are currently in the process of reevaluating and determining precisely today´s ratio of renewable sourcing, and cannot provide the exact percentage.
- An energy management system is in place, and frequent efforts on a variety of energy efficiency issues across all sites are made
- 12,000 litres of water in a heating silo can now be warmed up to 60 degrees Celsius. This ensures the WWK ARENA can provide heating for the VIP and lounge areas, as well as changing rooms and offices during the cold months of the year. The energy is also enough to cover the pitch heating.
- Overall, the climate-neutral use of the stadium saves more than 750 tons of carbon dioxide a year https://www.fcaugsburg.de/en/page/co2-neutrality-74
- At home games fans can use public transport for free if they have a ticket for the game.
- For away games special trains are organized for fans.
- Buses bring fans from the very south of Germany to Augsburg and back.
- Fan Survey conducted. Results include:- Home games – car: 51%, public Transport: 37%, bus: 6%, bicycle: 5%, motorcycle: 1%/ Away games, car: 54%, bus: 30%, train: 12%, special trains: 4%
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
- Efforts to reduce single-use plastics cover all club sites, but are currently not guided by a systemic single use plastic policy.
- The catering company tracks the reduction of plastic waste.
- Cups are recyclable, also plates and trays.
- Large ketchup and mustard dispensers are used instead of small plastic packages.
- The club is also working on recyclable wrapping and catering material in order to reduce waste and to be able to recycle more.
- The club operates an advanced waste management whereby 65% of waste is diverted from landfill, processed and recycled within the circular economy.
- Different waste is separated into plastic, paper, glass, green waste, scrap, electronic and residual waste.
- Due to automation of the drinking water facility of the stadium and technical measures like flow limiters the water consumption has been lowered. This is applicable to all club sites
- The watering of the pitches is coordinated dependent on the amount of rain in order to minimize unnecessary consumption.
- Their water-efficiency policy covers a variety of issues and processes, but is not wholly systemic for all club sites.
Plant based/low carbon food
- In the business area, mainly regional products are used
- Pretzels are offered to fans in the stadium, no other vegan or vegetarian options
- Vegan, regionally produced food is offered in parts of the stadium. And FCA employees also have the option to choose a vegan, locally produced dish for lunch every day.
- FCA supports Earth Hour 2021 – the outdoor lighting of the WWK Arena was switched off for 1 hour: https://www.fcaugsburg.de/article/fca-unterstuetzt-earth-hour-2021-13466
- Due to the current pandemic investments are restricted in the field of sustainability.
- Nevertheless a project group has been set up in order to intensify efforts in this field.
- Colleagues from different departments work together on topics like energy, water systems, mobility, catering and waste.
Information sourced directly from FC Augsburg staff, website and third party websites
Information updated March 30th 2021