Lord’s has become the first cricket ground in the UK to run on 100% renewable energy.
The success comes with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) developing a broad sustainability programme, meeting its 2020 emissions targets last year and reducing its electricity use by 7% since 2010.
Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, said:
It is important that all organisations embrace sustainability and I’m very pleased that Lord’s has become the first cricket ground in the country to run on 100% renewable energy.
The new Populous-designed Warner Stand, which will be opened in April 2017, is symbolic of the MCC’s sustainability drive.
The innovative structure includes photovoltaic roof panels for electricity generation and a state-of-the-art water collection and recycling system.
Meanwhile, new figures have also revealed the increasing disruption to cricket caused by extreme weather patterns linked to climate change.
New England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statistics illustrate that extreme weather in December 2015, which has been linked to climate change, caused more than £3.5 million worth of damage across 57 cricket clubs.
Increased rainfall is also causing significant loss of fixtures in recreational cricket and impacting on the professional game.
ECB distributed more than £1 million in emergency funding to flood-affected clubs in 2016, with a further £1.6 million earmarked for 2017. Brewer added:
The statistics released today illustrate the effect that changing weather patterns can have on cricket, and the ECB deserve a lot of praise for the support they give clubs across the country that are so badly affected by extreme weather.
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