Cricket goes green
The ECB and the Test match grounds, in partnership with domestic Test match sponsor npower, have announced plans to work together on the first overarching ‘green audit’ of a sport by a UK national governing body.
The audit will review energy use and water consumption at the UK’s seven Test match grounds: Lord’s, Riverside, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Headingley Carnegie, Old Trafford and the Brit Oval.
Most clubs have their own environmental initiatives and practices, but the aim is for npower to help these venues reduce their carbon emissions by at least 10 per cent by spring next year and ensure they are ahead of the game, when the energy performance of buildings directive comes into effect in April 2008.
The Test match grounds currently have a collective annual energy consumption of over 25 million kWh and, although cricket already has a greener reputation than many other sports, steps can still be taken to reduce emissions.
npower will now be working with all seven Test match grounds - each according to their requirements - to help the ECB understand overall energy usage, and ensure the 10 per cent target is achieved, which will reduce CO2 emissions by around 800 tonnes.
npower will be advising on how they can save energy, reduce costs, buy ‘green’ energy and - in the long-term - produce energy through a variety of micro-generation technologies.
Once these targets are achieved, the ECB and npower are planning to roll out the most effective initiatives across the other 11 county grounds and produce a best practice ‘green’ manual which can be used by all 6,500 ECB affiliated cricket clubs.
David Collier, chief executive of the ECB, said: “We believe this is the first time a UK sports governing body has tried to understand its energy and water usage – and develop a co-ordinated approach to reducing it.
"However, we recognise that this green audit is only the first step and we hope to continue to lead the field in this area. We also hope that the governing bodies from other sports will now follow suit.”
Andy Duff, CEO for RWE npower, added: “As domestic Test match sponsor, we already work closely with ECB – and we wanted to help make cricket an even greener sport.
"npower aims to lead in the green arena - especially in the field of renewable energy – and we’re helping UK sport ‘green up’, through advice and greener power supply with Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Stadium and the ECB.”