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Feb 13, 2024

Premier League football clubs agree to new sustainability commitment

Premier League football clubs have pledged to formulate their own environmental sustainability policies by the end of next season. This collective effort aims to set a standard for sustainable practices across both individual clubs and the league as a whole.

In a landmark decision, Premier League clubs have united in their commitment to environmental sustainability, recognising the profound impact football has on the environment and the need for collective action.

English football clubs in the Premier League have agreed to a sustainability commitment which introduces a minimum standard of action on environmental issues across the clubs and the League, aiming to create a foundation for long-term initiatives that will contribute to a more sustainable future for football.

The commitment outlines four key operational measures that each club will undertake to address and mitigate their environmental impact:

1. Develop a robust environmental sustainability policy, by the end of the 2024/25 season
2. Designate a senior employee to lead the club’s environmental sustainability activities
3. Develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dataset (scope 1, 2 and 3) by the end of the 2025/26 season and work towards a standardised football-wide approach to measuring emissions
4. Support the development of a common framework for action via the Premier League Sustainability Working Group (PLSWG)

These measures were developed after extensive consultation with the clubs and the Premier League Sustainability Working Group, established last year to shape and inform environmental practices across the league. This collaborative approach highlights the commitment of clubs to actively engage in the development of sustainable practices, ensuring that initiatives are well-informed, practical, and aligned with the unique challenges and opportunities of each club.

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