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Sky, Tottenham Hotspur partner on world’s first elite level net zero carbon football match

#GameZero is aiming to be net zero, through emission reductions and offsetting the remaining footprint through reforestation projects

Next weekend’s Premier League match between Spurs and Chelsea is set to be the first elite football match with a zero carbon footprint.

Sky Sports will produce the match, christened #GameZero, with a net-zero impact.

Sky has previously introduced remote productions to reduce the amount of equipment and crew travelling to events, as well as moving all UK and Irish OB Generators to biofuel. Sky Sports Studios are powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity and since January 2021 all Sky Sports UK productions have been carbon neutral.

For the game against Chelsea, Spurs will use 100 per cent renewable energy and Zero Scope 2 emissions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with LED lighting (including floodlights) and high-efficiency building services systems in place to reduce energy use.

Jonathan Licht, managing director, Sky Sports, said: “We’re proud to be working with COP26 and Tottenham Hotspur to make #GameZero the world’s first net zero carbon football match at the elite level. We hope that by using the power of sport, we can inspire and support football fans to make simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint and make more  climate-friendly choices.” 

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy added: “We are delighted to be the chosen partner of Sky on this ground-breaking initiative that will demonstrate the role our game can play in addressing the urgent issue of climate change.”