Manchester United football club has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard award, proving it has taken genuine action to reduce its carbon emissions and footprint. The award recognises organisations that measure, manage and lower their CO2 emissions as well as pledging to reduce them further each year. In 2008, United pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by ten per cent.
It has managed to better this by 6.9 per cent so far. The club has a Reds go Green scheme, which includes waste and transport initiatives and encourages recycling. It is working with Greater Manchester Police and Trafford Council to limit traffic congestion on match days, which should lower the number of carbon emissions produced by cars.
At Old Trafford stadium itself, the club`s home ground, there are direct light switch-offs on non-match days and the heating and ventilation control systems have been optimised to make them more efficient. For the financial year 2008/9, the club saved a total of £235,000 in energy costs.
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