Chelsea – Sustainability report 2021

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“It is the policy of Chelsea, as a club and a business, to continually develop, review and improve their environmental objectives and with this in mind, a Sustainability Group was created to work towards further sustainable and environmentally friendly projects in the future”.

To reach this goal, Chelsea stated it will continue to improve efficiency in the use of all resources and adopt an approach to implement low and zero-carbon technologies where appropriate.

The football club also stated that they are fully (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme) ESOS compliant and committed to treating all relevant legal and environmental legislation and guidelines as a minimum requirement and will seek to exceed them wherever possible.


  • Sustainable Transportation (1 Point):
    – For certain away games the club will continue to provide coach and train travel to encourage less car usage.
    – Loan system if needed to allow staff to buy bicycles for their commute.
    – Staff encouraged to use public transport (discounted travel).
    – For fans using private cars, Chelsea has also introduced a scheme for fans to share cars to home and away matches (This doesn’t indicate if the cars are electric).
  • Single-use plastics reduction or removal (2 points): During the 2018/19 season Chelsea joined forces with the Premier League and Sky Ocean Rescue on an initiative designed to reduce plastic waste at Stamford Bridge. The initiative saw reusable cups replace the majority of draught drinks purchased in the stadium and is part of a bigger initiative to reduce plastic waste, in conjunction with the Premier League and the Sky Ocean Rescue project, inspiring fans to #passonplastic and reduce usage in everyday life. Also, all carrier bags at the Chelsea Megastore are now made from biodegradable material.
  • Waste Management (0.5 points): Chelsea is working with water and waste management experts SUEZ with a view to separating waste on-site. This will form part of a new, more environmentally friendly, waste process in the future.
  • Water Use Efficiency (1 point):
    – To reduce water usage, Chelsea introduced a management system ranging from presence detection to foaming units.
    – All pitches at Cobham are watered using water from the lake. This is effectively recycled naturally through the underground water tables.
    – All urinals across both Cobham and Stamford Bridge are also operated via smart flush systems that ensure that water is used as and when required.
  • Communication & engagement on sustainability (0.5 point):
    – Environmental Policy page on the website:
    – No sustainability or environment page on the website, but some information available on the club’s news articles.
    – Chelsea Football Club has a Sustainability group that is comprised of colleagues from all areas of the business with the goal of working together to identify areas where the club can reduce the impact on the environment and reduce carbon emissions through collaborative working.
    – All Chelsea employees are encouraged to turn off computers, televisions and not to print documents or emails unless necessary. They are also urged to use public transport or walk/cycle to work where practical and to adopt similar environmental commitments at home.
  • Energy Efficiency (1 point): Coham has implemented a number of energy-saving opportunities designed to reduce Chelsea’s environmental impact across the site. This includes:
    – The original design of the men’s first team building to meet BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Excellent.
    – All existing lighting is being replaced with LED alternatives to reduce energy use.
    – To maintain constant temperatures, the buildings have been installed with a brown roof and brass classing. This level of insulation helps to maintain airtightness and minimise heat loss.
    – A system that monitors direct sunlight, which automatically operates the internal blinds to help maintain internal temperatures and minimise solar heat gains.
    – Timing devices have also been installed on drinks fridges to limit the amount of energy they use.
    – Kit washing is now done on-site at Cobham and the temperature of the water has been lowered.
  • Plant-based / low carbon food (1 point):
    – Vegan food at stadiums, but not currently offered at training facilities.
    – New menus include an increased number of vegan, vegetarian and healthy options.
    – Chelsea work with catering partner to ensure that seasonal ingredients are sourced from regional and UK providers.

– Clean Energy (0 points).
– Carbon footprints offsetting (0 points).

Climate Action Advice: We encourage Chelsea FC to take more climate actions in the area of Clean Energy, Carbon offsetting, waste management, communications and engagement on sustainability.

Sustainable transportation – 1 point.
Single-use plastic reduction – 2 points.
Waste management – 0.5 point.
Plant-based / low carbon food – 1 point.
Energy efficiency – 1 point.
Communication & engagement on sustainability – 0.5 points.
Water use efficiency – 1 point.

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NB: Information sourced directly from Chelsea’s website and third party sites. Information was well investigated by our sports and sustainability experts.
Information updated May 7th, 2021.

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