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Twickenham Stadium awarded gold for commitment to sustainability

Twickenham Stadium has been awarded with the ‘gold standard’ from ECOsmart for its commitment to sustainable events and to achieve net zero.

Greengage’s ECOsmart is the leading accreditation system for hotels, meeting venues, short stay apartments and pubs with meeting rooms. Organisations can display the award to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and achievement of recognised standards.

They prided itself on being a pioneer in sustainable event food and they have had a ‘zero waste to landfill policy’ for the last eight years with a commitment to 95% of its food prepared and cooked onsite, using at least 80% British ingredients.

Nils Braude, managing director Twickenham Experience Limited, said: “It remains vital that we continue to benchmark our standards and provide evidence to our customers on the quality of what we’re doing.

“We’re delighted to have come in at gold level. It’s a tremendous endorsement of our team.”

Andrew Perolls, chief executive of Greengage, said: “Twickenham Stadium ticked all the boxes.

“They are a business that is continually reviewing what they are doing with regards to sustainability and challenging themselves internally.”

Twickenham has acknowledged its impact on the environment with a pledge to reduce single use plastics by 80% with the target increasing incrementally on an annual basis.

Other ways they have acknowledged their impact on the environment is through reducing the venue’s energy consumption.

For example, excess heat is recovered for space heating and hot water generation, and solar panels have been installed to power the South Stand.

Twickenham’s floodlights use 35% less energy fitting and the stadium was the first of its kind in the UK to have 100% LED spotlights.

According to their website the stadium waste has generated 56.44 MWh of electricity in the past year.

Their pledge to help the environment continues with the community as England Rugby and the RFU have installed solar panels at a local primary school which has saved hundreds of kilograms of carbon, and saving the school money in the process.  

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