05 — United Kingdom

Creating the Greenest Football Club in the World – Forest Green Rovers

Solar panels, electric car charging points, water recycling, entirely vegan menu for players and fans make this the world's greenest football club.

The Project

The Forest Green Rovers is bringing eco-thinking and technology to a new and large audience: football fans. In 2010, the team began its journey to becoming the world’s first carbon neutral football club and has since been described by FIFA, as "the world's greenest football club".
The Forest Green Rovers, based in Gloucestershire, England, introduced many sustainability measures, including solar panels, electric car charging points, water recycling, an electric lawnmower, an organic pitch, and an entirely vegan menu for players and fans.

Key Facts

  1. Forest Green Rovers’ absolute carbon footprint has decreased by 3% since 2017;
  2. Its carbon footprint per spectator has decreased by 42% since the 2011/12 season;
  3. In 2016/17, the team recycled over 8% of the water used from the main water supply;
  4. The project decreased the amount of waste produced in the 2017/18 season by 14.7%;
  5. The Forest Green Rovers is the only club to have Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) accreditation.