As a leader on and off the pitch, Chelsea Football Club is aware of our impact within our community. As part of this commitment we believe that football clubs have a vital role to play in minimising this impact by the club, staff and fans on their environment.
It is the policy of Chelsea, as a club and a business, to continually develop, review and improve our environmental objectives.
We are proud to be the first football club to have signed up to the Mayor of London's Green 500 campaign and are committed to continually reducing our carbon emissions.
To reach this goal, we shall continue to improve efficiency in the use of all resources and adopt greener technologies where appropriate.
We are committed to treating all relevant legal and environmental legislation and guidelines as a minimum requirement and will seek to exceed them wherever possible.
We also encourage and hope all suppliers, partners and stakeholders to share our aims, particularly our staff and fans.
All Chelsea employees are encouraged to turn off computers, televisions and not to print documents or emails unless necessary. They are also urged to use public transport or walk/cycle to work where practical and to adopt similar environmental commitments at home.
We believe that as a club, we can help inspire and educate. We have also introduced a commitment scheme for fans to lessen their environmental impact. Fans are encouraged to switch off their televisions, use low emission light bulbs and to turn down the thermostats on their central heating systems and to wash clothes at lower temperatures.
To further improve environmental performance at Stamford Bridge and our training ground in Cobham, all lighting will be energy saving where practical. We will also ensure that lighting, waste and office supplies are recycled where practical.
All materials used are to be environmentally sustainable wherever feasible, including the paper used in offices and for marketing and promotional materials. Furthermore, carrier bags at the Chelsea Megastore are now made from biodegradable material.
We have installed a building management system to control lighting, heating and air conditioning at both Stamford Bridge and Cobham.
Buildings are all installed with motion sensors to automatically turn lights off.
Air-handling units are equipped with heat recovery coils to reclaim heat from extracted air which is used to heat air supply when needed. Wasted heat is also recycled through the air conditioning systems.
To offset our carbon emissions we have planted over 3,500 trees and shrubs at our training ground.
We encourage all staff to use public transport wherever practical. We have installed shower facilities at Stamford Bridge for members of staff choosing to walk, run or cycle to work and created a bicycle park on site.
We have a loan system if needed to allow staff to buy bicycles for their commute. We are also taking measures to reduce the amount of car parks used by employees at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea also urge fans on their way to games to use public transport or other more environmentally-friendly means. For certain away games the club will continue to provide coach and train travel to encourage less car usage. For fans using private cars Chelsea has also introduced a scheme for fans to share cars to home and away matches.
To reduce our water usage a management system has been introduced for toilets ranging from motion detectors to foaming units.
At the training ground, ground water and hard area run off is collected and held in a reservoir for use by the pitch irrigation system.
Cobham Training Ground
In addition to the measures already described Cobham has a number of energy-saving systems designed to lessen the environmental impact of the building.
The building was designed to meet an Excellent Bream rating (Building Research Establishment Assessment Method).
To maintain a constant temperature, Cobham has been installed with a turf roof and brass cladding.
We have installed a system to monitor direct sunlight and to automatically close the curtains to help maintain the inside temperature.
As 1/3 of the building is underground we also have a moat to reflect light into the basement to reduce energy usage.
Kit washing is now done on site at Cobham and the temperature of the water has been lowered.
We will also be taking measures to reduce the amounts of water used.
Timing devices have also been installed to drinks fridges to limit the amount of energy they use.