Sustainability round-up: August 3
This week’s sustainability round-up includes a new energy focused partnership for Fulham; insight into Wrexham’s domestic flights; Formula 1 delaying its removal of tyre blankets for dry tyres, and the Government of Western Australia’s support for hockey development.
Premier League club Fulham has appointed Gridserve as its electric vehicle partner for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons. Gridserve is a sustainable energy, charging and leasing company and will provide the Club with a fleet of Tesla Model Y electric cars. The company will also install charging points at Craven Cottage and the training ground at Motspur Park.
An investigation by the BBC has found that Wrexham, the Welsh football club recently promoted to English League Two from the National League, took 16 domestic flights across its 2022-23 season. One flight took as little as 29 minutes from Newcastle to Manchester on the way home from a match against Gateshead, with the longest flight taking 62 minutes from Manchester to London Biggin Hill to face Bromley. No other teams in the National League that year took a domestic flight, according to the BBC.
The Formula 1 Commission has voted to postpone the introduction of a tyre blanket ban for dry tyres in 2024. Further discussions and testing on the subject will continue into 2025. The 2023 Pirelli tyre testing programmed focused on analysis into removing the use of tyre blankets, as part of the motorsport series’ environmental and cost objectives.
The Government of Western Australia has dedicated A$400,000 in funding to support the growth of Australia’s elite hockey teams in the lead up to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The funding will support Hockey Australia and Hockey WA with their qualifying campaigns for both the men’s and women’s teams.