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The 5 best green stadium in the world

The most crucial way for football clubs to reduce their environmental impact

The 5 best green stadium in the world   The most crucial way for football clubs to reduce their environmental impact

In the many ways in which football can contribute to solving environmental problems, the sustainability of stadiums is the first step. Clubs are continuing to work on the sustainability and environmental impact of football through new actions not only on merchandising products, but above all on stadiums, the real sustainability center of a football club. Because more than training facilities and playing materials, implants are the real creatures that can lighten the environmental impact of a football club. 

In the Premier League, the lowest environmental impact factor is calculated mainly thanks to the technological and material capabilities of gaming systems. Not by chance, the Emirates Stadium and The New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, two of the last stadiums built, allow teams to be at the top of the leaderboard, taking into account key factors such as renewable energy use, carbon emissions, plastic use and water saving. Based on these principles, many of Russia's 2018 plants have been built and renovated and will be virtually all those for the next Qatar 2022 World Cup. Taking into account the above characteristics, on nss sports we wanted to name the 5 best sustainable stadiums in the world. 

1- Kaohsiung World Stadium - Taiwan

Also called 'World Games Stadium', the Kaohsiung facility was built in 2009 for the IX World Games by Pritzker Prize architect Toyoo Ito. The stadium can accommodate 55,000 people and after the competition is mainly used by the Taipei national team, but its most eccentric peculiarity lies in its almost total sustainability. In fact, the Kaohsiung plant has been built almost entirely from sustainable materials and has a grandstand cover consisting of 9,000 photovoltaic panels. Being a national stadium it is not used with much constancy and solar panels incorporate, week after week, a lot of energy, of which the Government of Taiwan sells 1.14 million KWh per year to third parties. From those panels, moreover, comes the energy to cover about 75% of the electric coverage of the stadium when in operation. The environmental impact, however, is not only internal but also aimed at the city, with an external cover of four hectares of park used as public land.  

2- Mercedes Benz Arena - Atlanta 

It has been called the most sustainable sports site in the world. The Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta is the home of both Atlanta United (football) and the Atlanta Falcons (American football). In 2017, georgia's largest sports facility was granted LEED Platinum certification, and this is a key attestation in this area. In fact, it's based on the principles of sustainability that involve the stadium from the creation process to its constant use. Starting from the use of water: the water system of the plant saves 47% of the liquids of the stadium, just as the 4000 photovoltaic panels allow a saving of 29% of electricity. As seen in other stadiums - such as London's Emirates Stadium - the two companies, in collaboration with each other, provide a bike sharing service that starts two hours before the start of the race and ends an hour later. 

3- New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - London  

Finished building in the middle of north London in 2019, the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of the most sustainable in the world also thanks to the club's attention about environmental impact. In fact, Tottenham are the greenest club in the Premier League and they are demonstrating it with the work they are doing both on the training ground and on the stadium. For the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, what is striking is the achievement of 100% certified renewable energy use and zero emissions of scope 2; practically, the stadium has a very low environmental impact. Also because it was designed to contain acoustics and avoid any kind of waste of materials: from separate collection inside the stadium to that of own energy through solar screens, to which is added a rainwater collection system that is filtered and used for the stadium toilets. The club towards sustainability is very attentive and felt obliged to do so also in view of its slogan. To care is to do

4- Dacia Arena - Udine

Together with the Juventus Stadium, it is no coincidence that another stadium built in the second decade of the 2000s, the Dacia Arena in Udine is considered the most sustainable stadium in Italy. In addition to a practical system of reducing acoustics and improving visibility - with the increase from 41,000 to 25,000 spectators the stands are smaller and closer to the field - Udinese managed to save about 20% of the energy it used with the old Friuli. The stadium has been entirely covered by a photovoltaic system and, from this year, will also come to maintain very low environmental impact standards thanks to a partnership with the multinational company Bluenergy, which will supply quantities of CO 2 Free gas and guarantee the Friulian club a new energy coverage of the structure that will lead to a zero environmental impact, starting from the stadium heating system. These innovations will also cover the lateral activities within the stadium such as multifunctional and tertiary sector centers such as bars, gyms and the meeting center. In all this, in 2017, the club also paid a lot of attention to the landscape integration of the stadium with the environment, lying about the underground structure of the old Friuli stadium so as not to affect, even from other points of view, the skyline of the Carnic Alps. 

5 - Allianz Riviera - Nice

The Allianz Riviera in Nice has been Europe's first eco-friendly stadium and cost the French Riviera club €250 million. But despite the important expense, the energy savings contributed by photovoltaic coverage and three-dimensional lamellar wood structures make it a  case study among sustainable stages. Another characteristic of the Allianz Riviera is the maximization of the geographical context, for which energy is obtained both from the strong wind of the surrounding valley and from rainwater, channeled and collected for watering the pitch. Inside the stadium there is also a geothermal system to increase the temperature of the plant during the coldest periods of the year. 

6- (bonus track) Eco Park - Nailsworth 

It hasn't been finished yet (and that's why it's a bonus track), but Forest Green Rovers' Eco Park - built by Zaha Hadid's studio - is a candidate to be the greenest facility in football history. In fact, the project presented in January 2020, proposes a totally eco-sustainable gaming system, covered with a transparent membrane (which will allow to filter sunlight and shade spectators in the stands) and, top element, the construction of the entire wooden structure. Materials that would usually be made of steel or brick, will be made of wood, which will integrate very well with the surrounding reality. In fact, the stadium is part of a park of more than 40 hectares where other playgrounds and, in general, other public spaces will also be built. It is no coincidence that Hector Bellerin is also among Forrest's shareholders.