Policy and Commitment
- Hertha BSC is in the process working on its sustainability strategy. Here the club will define measurable goals for all three sustainability dimensions; economy, ecology and social.
- Hertha BSC was certified bysustainClub with a silver badge.
- The reporting and all calculations of greenhouse gas emissions follow the international standards of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), thus Hertha BSC are being transparent.
- 100% of energy from renewable sources at the Olympiastadion and the club’s training facilities.
- Hertha BSC has a systemic energy management system in place across all club sites.
- Light control computer, motion sensors, reducing voltage transformer, LED light bulbs and absorption chiller installation, modifying operation times for equipment.
- Hertha BSC fans can use the public transport for free with a match ticket.
- Cycling and e-scooters are both advocated.
- Organised bike tours on gameday for fans.
- Subsidised transport tickets for the club´s employees.
- The team travels within a defined distance by bus and train to away-games.
- Hertha BSC conducted a mobility analysis to track fan mobility habits in 2021 and with employees in 2022. 81% of the total emissions of the club are created by the mobility of fans, players and employees. 77% of supporters travel by public transport to home games.
- Introduced an electric cargo bike alongside the club’s ever-increasing number of electric cars.
- Is planning on increasing parking spots for bikes around the stadiums to around 250.
- The club is in talks with providers to incentivise travel by e-scooter.
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
- Complete ban of single use plastic at home games.
- Focus on reusable plastic cups and paper dishes at food and beverage stands.
- Hertha BSC has a systemic policy in place that is already reducing all single use plastic from across all sites of their organisation.
- The club office has a complete systemic waste management programme.
- Sourced recycling materials for paper and cleaning products at the stadium.
- Introduced “recycling islands“ bins for different types of waste and these are strategically placed within the stadium circuit.
- Collects rainwater which is used to irrigate the playing and practice fields.
- The Olympiastadion installed waterless urinals.
Plant based/low carbon food
- Expansion of vegan and vegetarian food selection on home games across the concourse and hospitality for fans e.g., vegan sausage and pizza.
- Canteen available for staff on the company´s premises with at least one daily vegetarian/vegan option.
- Vegan options are offered to players across all sites.
- The club has advised that there is currently no information on whether food options are sustainably sourced.
- In 2019, Hertha BSC and the Olympiastadion supported a bee-colonizing project which saw two bee colonies consisting of 40,000 bees, settle on a natural meadow at the large Marchhof, 100 meters from the stadium.
- Held a Sustainability Matchday for its home fixture against TSG Hoffenheim in October 2022. On the match day itself, there was a sustainability village offering a wide variety of participatory activities and content-related educational opportunities. Visitors learned about waste separation, food rescue, tested their knowledge and upcycled their own zero waste products. Gameday themed around climate-topics.
- Organises regular workshops aimed at providing the club´s employees with knowledge around different sustainability aspects. The workshops are currently not offered to players.
Communication and Engagement
- The club has published its emissions report on the website. https://www.herthabsc.com/de/soziales/oekologie
- Held ‘blue-and-white’ sustainability weeks leading up to a Sustainable Matchday vs TSG Hoffenheim in October 2022. The weeks started with a clean-up campaign for World Clean-up Day of Gesundbrunnen-Kiez in Wedding. Numerous promotions and activations in the run-up to and around the game included; sustainable upcycling T-shirts, a minimum durability quiz with the Berliner Tafel, Marvin Plattenhardt and Marco Richter, as well as waste separation to protect the environment.
- Regular engagement with fans in designated working groups – AG Nachhaltigkeit.
- The club founded a task force with its fans in which it discusses the topics of diversity and sustainability. Furthermore, the club regularly informs its fans about different environmental sustainability related projects and topics via a ‘Fandialog’.
Information sourced directly from Hertha BSC staff, website and third party websites
Information updated May 15 2023