Real Madrid – Sustainability report 2021

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Real Madrid has continued to develop its environmental protection policy as a key component of its sustainability strategy.

The Environment Division has promoted a wide range of actions to reduce the impact of its activities on natural resources. Some of the key areas within Real Madrid’s environmental agenda, spearheaded by this new division, include material and waste recycling, energy generation and consumption, water usage and treatment, greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and trees’ planting, sports pitch turf and ornamental plants.

ACTIVE CLIMATE ACTIONS

  • Sustainable Transportation (2 Points): The club uses Audi electric cars of different sizes for mobility inside Real Madrid City to ensure the movement of people with zero emissions. Electric bicycle and scooter parking spots have been set up for club workers, promoting healthy habits and zero pollution.
  • Carbon Footprint Offsetting (2 Points): The club has officially registered its carbon footprint, offsetting and absorption projects has been obtained in the Ministry for Ecological Transition. This registration in the Official Register is based on the Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statements obtained by the club in compliance with the UNE EN ISO 14064-3:2012 standard which means that the club meets all the criteria of the UNE EN ISO 14064-1:2012 standard for its Football and Basketball Club activities in its Santiago Bernabéu stadium and Real Madrid City facilities.
  • Waste Management (1 point): Through collaboration agreements with selective and coordinated waste collection companies, the club has been able to meet all the requirements relating to waste collection, transport and the treatment of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste it generates. Since 2007, Real Madrid has had an agreement with Ecoembes Spain, S.A. for the selective collection and recovery of light containers and cardboard at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and at Real Madrid City, through which a system has been set up for the collection, transport and subsequent treatment of waste, which goes beyond the guidelines set by the European Union.
  • Water Use Efficiency (1 point): In compliance with the Municipal Regulations ANM 2006/50, the Sustainable Water Management plans have been upgraded at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and Real Madrid City, to monitor the supply and to introduce corrective and improvement measures designed to reduce water usage. The entire annual water consumption of the football pitches and ornamental gardening of Real Madrid City comes from the recycled water network of the Madrid City Council and the recovery of rainwater and field drainage.
  • Communication & engagement on sustainability (1 point): A Sustainability Championship aimed at all Real Madrid employees was launched. This was an information campaign that, using a game format with interactive virtual scenarios, ran for 13 months (coinciding with the number of European Cups the club has) raising awareness on aspects of sustainability and the environment. The topics covered included mobility, water management, nature, natural lighting, sustainable waste management, renewable energy, sustainable use of natural resources, and others. The average participation in this initiative involved about 200 club workers.
  • Clean Energy (1 point): Over this past season and under Royal Decree 244/2019 on Self-consumption, the club has continued with its preliminary analyses and studies for the installation of a solar panel plant that will help cover the electricity demands of Real Madrid City. Also, an environmental pledge made since the conception of the new office building, it has been awarded the highest energy rating certification – A. It has a certified energy consumption of 241 kW h/m2 per year and gas emissions of just 41 kg CO2/m2 per year, with 100% being generated by renewal energy sources. In compliance with UNE 171330-2014, the new office building has been awarded the Indoor Air Quality certificate issued by AENOR, but energy doesn’t cover the entire Club city.
    NB: Real Madrid is given 1 point in clean energy and not 3 points because most of the Club city is still not powered by 100% renewable energy yet.

INACTIVE CLIMATE ACTIONS
– Single-use plastics reduction or removal (0 points).
– Plant-based / low carbon food (0 point).

Climate Action Advice: We encourage Real Madrid FC to take more climate actions in the area of Renewable Energy and Plant-based / low carbon food.

TOTAL CLIMATE ACTION FOR REAL MADRID – 8 POINTS
Clean energy – 1 point.
Sustainable transportation – 2 point.
Waste management – 1 point.
Carbon footprint offsetting – 2 points.
Communication & engagement on sustainability – 1 point.
Water use efficiency – 1 point.

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

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