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Newcastle United has announced that it has become the world’s first carbon positive football club.

Newcastle United has announced that it has become the world’s first carbon positive football club.

The English Premier League team has claimed the landmark by working in partnership with GET Solutions and Carbon Neutral Investments (CNI). The club has gone beyond zero emissions by off-setting more carbon than the operation emits, and in doing so, becomes the world’s first football club to be truly carbon positive. This has been achieved by making informed decisions and small changes to reduce energy consumption without affecting operational requirements, and by offsetting the club’s residual carbon footprint. Utilising boiler optimisation, burner management, lighting upgrades, bore holes, energy monitoring and making behavioural changes within the operational staff have contributed to the carbon reductions.

“It’s all about savings, savings, savings,” said Eddie Rutherford, facilities manager at Newcastle United. “The less energy we use, the less carbon we emit and the less impact we have on the environment, both locally and globally. It is a balance between achieving this and maintaining the very high operational standards required of a Premiership club.”

Conrad Phillips, director of GET Solutions, added: “We have been working with NUFC on this since 2009, when we implemented a five-year strategy to more effectively procure energy contracts and better manage consumption levels. NUFC’s energy performance since and the achievement of the Carbon Trust standard are testament to the club’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral.”

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