Sustainability Round-Up: May 11
This week’s sustainability round-up includes a step in the right director for professional women’s cricket in Scotland, Premier League stadiums and air pollution, how arenas in Europe are taking steps to be more green, and golf clubs in Australia becoming more sustainable.
Nine Scottish international women cricketers have been issued with professional contracts for the 2023-2024 season. Cricket Scotland first announced in November last year that it would be introducing salaries for the women’s squad for the first time. The move also builds on the introduction of equal match fees for men’s and women’s players in 2021.
Climate Clubs and Green Football Weekend recently published a new study that has demonstrated how the stadiums of Premier League clubs are impacted by air quality. The study created an ‘Air Pollution League Table’, ranking each team on air quality recorded at their home stadium. Of 60 total measurements recorded, only one was within safe guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation. At the top was Newcastle United, while Chelsea ranked last.
European arenas are set to be assisted in raising their sustainability standards through a new partnership between A Greener Future (AGF) and the European Arenas Association (EAA). The collaboration will help to develop AGF’s Arena Sustainability Guidelines for the EAA, which will help arenas with the green transition.
Audubon International, an environmentally focused non-profit organisation that offers members certifications and conservation initiatives, has recruited six Australian golf clubs to pilot a new sustainable cloud-based approach to management. The agreements were reached following Audubon’s partnership with Australian software and sustainability company Epar. The clubs include Brisbane’s Keperra Country Golf Club, Queensland’s Maleny Golf Club, Margaret River Golf Club in Margaret River, Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club in Melbourne, Seven Mile Beach’s Royal Hobart Golf Club and The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.