Wembley has collected the UK’s Green Tourism GoldStar award in the Conferencing and Events Venue Category. Wembley was shortlisted for the award as a result of the high score achieved during the Green Tourism audit which took place during 2012. The finalists represented the top 3% of Green Tourism businesses in the UK. At the start of the year Wembley was the first stadium to achieve the highest category – three stars – in the Industry Green certification, due to continued and improved environmental performance. It was noted that “the Stadium’s communications with staff as well as with the audience and supply chain have been exceptional.” James Huartson, Sustainability Manager said:
The successes at the Stadium are due to the continued work carried out by the Green Team which is a coalition of people from all departments across the site, The FA and partner companies. The Green Team was set up to develop, implement and manage the Environmental Management System for the Stadium. The Green Team promotes campaigns and achievements to all staff to ensure targets are achieved and our performance continues to improve.
To top these awards, Wembley Stadium has now become one of the first organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard. This independent standard certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce their waste output, year on year. The Stadium demonstrated a 25.7% absolute reduction in the carbon intensity of waste since 2010, achieved through improved recycling segregation and waste saved from landfill and sent instead to a waste-to-energy plant. Roger Maslin, Managing Director at Wembley, said:
Since the new Wembley Stadium opened we have been monitoring and assessing our environmental impacts and setting targets for improvement. Waste is one of our most significant impacts, and consequently, staff and contract partners on site have all worked together to improve our waste management system to reduce these impacts. The Wembley Stadium vision states that we are committed to demonstrating leadership in environmental sustainability and so we are very proud to be one of the first organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard.
Catch up with Wembley’s incredible year in the Winter Showcase Special issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.