Making Net Zero Its Goal

Watford Football Club Case Study

Tackling the climate emergency in isolation will not work. It is a collaborative effort - of governments, people, businesses, and other stakeholders, tapping into each other's enthusiasm, strengths and desire for change.

Our relationship with Watford Football Club comes from a deep-rooted desire to work together to tackle the climate emergency. Without their drive to become the most sustainable club in the English Football League, we would not be partners. But without our dedicated resource of net zero consultancy and tehcnology, the journey would not be starting.

Watford FC are aware that their stakeholders are also driving the net zero agenda and that the UK Government is introducing legislation to ensure businesses respond positively. This will require the inttroduction of a strategy that heralds wholesale change in operational and behavioural measures.

But this is not why Watford have started the journey - they have started the journey because of a social conscience - a moral obligation to their fans to create a sutainable club that its young supporters and their future children can enjoy together for generations to come.

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The Pledge

Watford Football Club is one of the leading English Football clubs and a premiership football team. The team (formerly Watford Rovers) dates back to 1881 and is famous for its high-profile celebrity involvement from Elton John, who was a boyhood fan and bought the club in 1976, ushering in an era of great success.

The club is very much family-based and part of its community, with the Junior Hornets and dedicated space for fans with disabilities, provided by the wonderful sensory room facility. On top of this focus on social values is also a strong desire to become English Football's leading, environmentally sustainable club. It plans to do this through a strategic approach to become net zero by 2035, looking at all its operations and identifying ways to cut carbon.

As a leading English Football club, Watford understands the responsability it has provide leadership not only on the pitch but off it too, through its dedicated commitment to carbon reduction across the entire club's estate, and also through the way it edcates fans, partners, suppliers and leads by example.

Three Cs

The reduction of energy consumption directly impacts on the reduction of both costs and carbon. The 3 Cs are intrinsically linked.

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100%

Over the next decade through to 2035, Watford FC are dedicating resources and focus on radically reducing their carbon footprint. They will achieve 100% of emission reductions by 2035 through a combination of training, implementing measures to address scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, response to government legislation such as ESOS and SECR, and behaviour and operational changes driven by the data offered from energy management technology.

85%

Over the next decade through to 2035, Watford FC are dedicating resources and focus on radically reducing their carbon footprint. They will achieve 100% of emission reductions by 2035 through a combination of training, implementing measures to address scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, response to government legislation such as ESOS and SECR, and behaviour and operational changes driven by the data offered from energy management technology.

94%

Over the next decade through to 2035, Watford FC are dedicating resources and focus on radically reducing their carbon footprint. They will achieve 100% of emission reductions by 2035 through a combination of training, implementing measures to address scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, response to government legislation such as ESOS and SECR, and behaviour and operational changes driven by the data offered from energy management technology.

The Journey

Every net zero journey has a begining - a desire and a ppetite to make a positive difference on the planet. Without this journey will not be started ... let alone completed.

With Watford we knew straight away they had an abundance of desire. This was a football club with a strong mission for change, to really drive their sustainability programme forward. It is not just a case of defining the journey, setting the targets, and milestones and reviewing them, but it is a commitment and deep desire to see it through over the long term to achieve success.

Watford are very practical about the approach. Although their big vision is commendable and powerfully emotive in how it commits to a positive impact on the planet, they know they have to get the little things right. They know their supplier network is calling for inspiration and best practice. They know the Government is planning new legislation on carbon zero strategies and new frameworks. They do not want to just be a product of change; they want to lead change.

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