Wolves team up with Football For Future

The partnership will help fulfill the club’s ambition to become an industry leader in environmental sustainability and Football For Future’s mission to build a greener culture in football.

The partnership includes:

  • Develop a club-wide environmental sustainability strategy that is underpinned by department-specific action plans and includes an overall club commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Staff workshops on the interrelationship between football and climate change and the club’s role in mobilizing in response to climate change.
  • A comprehensive review of the club’s environmental footprint and current performance.
  • A public launch that engages Wolves fans in the climate discussion.

Steve Sutton, Wolves Safety & Security Director, said: “We are delighted to embark on this project and build on the many positive strides that have already been made in energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.

“We look forward to developing a club-wide sustainability strategy, developing our understanding and improving our environmental performance to position Wolves as an industry leader and engaging with fans and stakeholders on this very important issue.”

Football For Future Head of Sustainability and Project Manager Thom Rawson said: “Wolves have shown a real commitment to sustainability through their commitment to this landmark partnership. We look forward to promoting cultural change and a positive attitude towards environmental sustainability at the club as part of this project.”

The project begins after the Wolves 1877 Trust submitted and passed a motion at the Football Supporters Association (FSA) Annual General Meeting in November 2021 calling for a greater focus on sustainability and will engage them where possible.

Neil Dady, Wolves 1877 Trust Board Member and FSA National Council Member, said: “Wolves 1877 Trust welcomes the partnership between the club and Football for Future and looks forward to our involvement in this exciting initiative. Sustainability is a growing concern for Wolves fans and we are delighted that the club has responded positively to our FSA application.”

According to the IPCC, humanity must significantly reduce CO2 emissions in this decade in order to avoid irreversible damage to our climate system. Despite this, 2021 marked the second largest increase in greenhouse gas emissions on record.

The connection between football and climate change is clear:

  • By 2050, a quarter of English professional clubs could be regularly flooded. In the Premier League these include Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, West Ham’s London Stadium and Southampton’s St Mary’s. In the Championship, Hull and Cardiff are at risk. (Source: Playing against the clock.)
  • But you don’t have to look ahead to 2050. The average grassroots sports ground in England already loses five weeks per season to bad weather. The women’s soccer final at the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed due to extreme heat.
  • Sport also contributes to climate change, with an estimated global carbon footprint the size of Tunisia or a comparable nation – and that’s on the low end of estimates. Around 70% of these emissions are likely to come from fan and team travel, with energy use, waste generation and goods sold also being significant.
  • Football has enormous potential to raise environmental awareness and drive climate action; More than half of the world’s population are football fans.

Football For Future (FFF) (footballforfuture.org) is a non-profit environmental organization made up of sustainability experts, climate scientists and football creatives with the aim of building a greener culture in football. They do this by supporting the implementation of green activities in football and raising awareness of the relationship between football and climate change.

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