Manchester United has again proved its desire to be the best both on and off the pitch by becoming the first English football club to achieve the international Environmental Management System standard, ISO14001.
The club was awarded the standard on Wednesday 22 February in recognition of the Reds' dedication to sustainability. ISO14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems and is not given out lightly. Organisations must not only demonstrate a high level of environmental management but must maintain and even improve standards in order to retain the classification.
United chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke said: “We're delighted to have achieved this certification. Here at Manchester United we take environmental management very seriously and being certified to an international standard is testament to all the hard work across the club. It's a real boost to receive this recognition for the work we've been doing for many years."
Former Reds captain Gary Neville, who recently took up the role of environmental ambassador for the club, said: "It's fantastic to see Manchester United has been recognised for its efforts in environmental management. I know the club is extremely committed to improving sustainability and this certification proves we’re heading in the right direction."
In recent years, the club’s efforts to improve sustainability have translated into savings of more than £500,000. Closer working relationships with key suppliers have also resulted in additional cost and process-efficiency savings.
During 2011, Manchester United’s dedication to reducing carbon emissions was recognised when the club achieved the Carbon Trust Standard and was at the top of the government’s CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme league table.
United is now striving to achieve a treble in this field and become the first major stadium in the UK to hold three major sustainability standards: the Carbon Trust Standard; ISO14001 and (to be launched later this year) ISO20121, the Sustainable Events Management standard.