Arsenal joins with UN to tackle climate change 

We're delighted to reinforce our commitment to tackling climate change by becoming the first Premier League club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. 

The UN initiative aims to bring together the global sports community with a commitment to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and support the ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. 

The signatories to this initiative, which already include FIFA, the FA and the IOC, aim to support these ambitions by adhering to the following five principles: 

  • Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility 
  • Reduce overall climate impact 
  • Educate on climate action 
  • Promote sustainable and responsible consumption 
  • Advocate for climate action through communication 

In a 2019 study by the BBC and the United Nations-backed Sport Positive Summit, we topped the league table on sustainability among Premier League clubs. One year on, we are proud to build on the work we are already doing in this area and encourage positive climate action to our millions of supporters around the world. 

“Arsenal is committed to leading the way on sustainability among Premier League clubs and we are proud to be the first club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework," our operations director, Hywel Sloman, said.

“Together with our partners, we’ve already implemented a number of environmentally-friendly practices across the club. This includes becoming the first Premier League club to switch to 100 per cent green electricity since the beginning of our partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, and a new partnership with aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation, which is designed to help us and our millions of fans around the world reduce our impact on the environment. 

“We will continue to use the power and reach of Arsenal to inspire our global communities and push each other towards a more sustainable future.”

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sports for Climate Action Lead at UN Climate Change, said: “Football inspires so many of us around the world and there is a remarkable potential for the game to become greener, more climate resilient and lead by example for millions of global fans. We are delighted to welcome Arsenal as the first Premier League club to the UN Sports for Climate Action community, as we raise awareness of climate change and use this opportunity to make a difference together.” 

Arsenal and sustainability

In recent years, we have implemented a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives across the club.   

  • We became the UK’s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage in 2018. The battery storage system can power Emirates Stadium for an entire match, or the equivalent of 2,700 homes for two hours  
  • Since 1999, more than 29,000 trees have been planted at our training centre in London Colney to create the Colney Wood
  • We have installed a water recycling system at our training centre to reuse water that comes from the pitch – in the last year, we have recycled more than 4.5 million litres of water   
  • Following the launch of the partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, we were the first Premier League club to switch to 100 per cent green electricity   
  • In partnership with Camden Town Brewery, we were the first Premier League club to trial the reusable cup scheme during the 2018/19 season. This scheme became fully integrated at the start of the 2019/20 season, saving the use of approximately 20,000 single use plastic cups per game when Emirates Stadium is full
  • In October this year, we launched a partnership with global aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation designed to help the club and our millions of fans around the world reduce their impact on the environment
  • Our training centre is now 95 per cent single use plastic bottle-free
  • We have introduced more water dispensers across all sites – saving 150,000 single-use plastic water bottles per year  
  • We have reduced energy by installing automated LED lighting at all club sites 

Loan Watch: Smith sets up Swindon winner

Matt Smith played the full match as Swindon beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 at County Ground. Our on-loan midfielder set up the winner for his side, placing an inch perfect free-kick on to the head of Brett Pitman, who nodded home smartly from three yards to take the points.

James Olayinka also played the entire match as Southend beat Walsall 1-0 in League Two. The game finished in dramatic fashion as Emile Acquah scored in the 88th minute to give Olayinka's side their first win of the season. 
Elsewhere, Tolaji Bola played the full 90 minutes as Rochdale were beaten 1-0 by Wimbledon at home. Ethan Chislett struck late to break Dale hearts at Spotland Stadium and take maximum points from the fixture. Our 21-year-old defender returned to the matchday squad after missing out against Salford in the EFL Cup last time out, but couldn't prevent Rochdale from slipping to 20th in League One.


Bola makes it 3-2 against Manchester City

Mark McGuinness was also in action this weekend, playing the full game as Ipswich beat Shrewsbury 2-1 at Portman Road. The Shrews took the lead after just four minutes through Oliver Norburn before an Ethan Ebanks-Landell own goal set up a tight finish. Jack Lankester then struck seven minutes into added time to give Ipswich all three points. 
Ben Sheaf played 67 minutes for Coventry as they drew 0-0 with Birmingham on Friday. Leo Ostigard replaced our 22-year-old midfielder late in the second half after he picked up a booking. The result leaves Coventry 21st in the Championship, just one point above the drop zone.
Zech Medley featured for Gillingham in their 1-1 draw with Charlton in League One. Our 20-year-old defender played the full game at Priestfield as Steve Evans' side picked up their first points at home since October. Conor Washington missed a first-half spot-kick for the Addicks before Gillingham took the lead through a penalty of their own. Jordan Graham stepped to convert from 12 yards to give the home side a 1-0 advantage midway through the second half. Charlton hit back just nine minutes later though as Chuks Aneke was on hand to ensure to points were shared. Trae Coyle also featured in the match, replacing Gillingham forward Vadaine Oliver with five minutes to play. 
Matteo Guendouzi played the full game as Hertha Berlin were beaten 5-2 by Borussia Dortmund in Germany. Matheus Cunha opened the scoring before Erling Haaland celebrated winning the Golden Boy award this week with four goals. 


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Guendouzi did well to earn his side a late penalty in the second half but it wasn't enough to affect the outcome. Raphael Guerreiro and Cunha both then completed the scoring

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