The uk’s first CO2-neutral soccer team in the world

The English club Forest Green Rovers may be the first climate-neutral football team in the world. The club will receive recognition from the United Nations.

Forest Green Rovers ©

The club from Nailsworth, who are in Leage Two plays, drew in to the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the UN-klimaatraamwerk (UNFCCC). It is now officially the first by the UN-certified CO2-neutral soccer team in the world.


The Forest Green Rovers are not at their first: the club runs entirely on renewable energy, the main sponsor Ecotricity, and the stadium captures all the rainwater on to the use of tap water to minimize. The maintenance of the turf is done without pesticides and the grass is afgereden by a robot powered by solar energy.

Two years turned the club completely over to vegan meals for both the players and staff as well as supporters. Charging stations for electric cars in the parking lot to have the fans turn on a climate-friendly way to the match.

Example for big clubs

“It is a real honor to be the first sports club in the world by the united nations ‘climate neutral’ is called’, said chairman Dale Vince. “But I think it’s only a matter of time for the big boys such as Real Madrid or Man United will follow our example. I’m personally looking forward to working with the UN for the message to proclaim, and by means of football more environmental awareness to create.’

Also at the UN-klimaatraamwerk they are excited about the collaboration. “We are excited for the Forest Green Rovers on board, because it is a wonderful example of how you are in the correct address,” says Miguel Naranjo of the UNFCCC. “The beautiful thing is that it is a small organization without a big budget, but that the club still can do so much to the environmental footprint. If the Forest Green Rovers the can, then the big teams have that.’

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