Back in November 2022, we started to work on our annual carbon footprint assessment.
The carbon footprint is a vital starting point for our push towards reducing our emissions and our environmental impact. ‘Carbon footprint’ is a much-used term, but what does it actually mean and what does it do?
It is a way for us to measure our impact on the world, in environmental terms. It is split into three ‘Scopes’ or categories, which identify different parts of the business for us to focus on for the data collection. Scopes 1 and 2 are the easy ones. They are where we find the gas and electricity consumption figures, but scope 3 is where it starts to get interesting and complex as it represents ‘everything else that is an indirect emission.
We have been gathering data from all across our club, ranging from merchandise sold in our stores and online to the way the players travel to games. We look at how goods and services, which are provided to the club, get to our sites and the impact of the transport and materials used, and how the waste is removed.
We have a fantastic following of supporters from all across the world, who support the team home and away. This year we have been looking at the journeys it takes to get our loyal fans to support the team.
And it’s not just our supporters who travel to support us. Employees who make the matchdays at Emirates Stadium such incredible events, the staff at the training ground and at Hale End, not to mention the coaches and scouts, all impact the environment.
All this information and data is being gathered and processed by our friends at Carbon Responsible. It is crucial that we understand where we are so we can start to reduce our emissions and make sure that we, the Arsenal family, are as sustainable as possible.
We know changes must be made and we are looking forward with great enthusiasm and typical Arsenal determination to taking on this challenge.
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