Tottenham and Chelsea to play world’s first major ‘net zero’ carbon football match

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are set to play what has been described as the world’s first major “net zero” football match, with carbon emissions to be reduced or offset.

The Premier League fixture will take place between the two London rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 19.

The ambition of the #GameZero initative, which is being supported by COP26, the Premier League and Sky Sports, is to be net zero carbon.

Fans will be encouraged to travel to and from the stadium on public transport. Meanwhile, players will travel on a biofuel coach.

Sky also say that they will work to minimise emissions created by energy used to power the game.

Spurs topped the Premier League’s Sustainability Table in 2020, making them the top division’s greenest club.


Each club was judged in eight different categories. They included clean/renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management and single use plastic reduction/removal.

Spurs scored 21 points, finishing above Arsenal, Brighton and Manchester United.

Spurs will use emission levels from their Premier League clash against Manchester City last month as a baseline for the “net zero” match.


Sky & Daniel Levy comment on #GameZero

Sky Sports managing director, Jonathan Licht, said of the #GameZero initiative: “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.”


Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “As the Premier League’s greenest club, Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet – we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference.”

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