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Ireland in green jerseys AND a green stadium!

Despite only coming away with a draw in a hard fought fixture against Wales this weekend, the  green machine Irish ruby team is already well ahead of the other six nations side in one key way. Their home stadium, the Aviva stadium is fully powered by green energy.

With the switch coming just in time for the start of the 2016 Six Nations tournament, making it the first stadium used in the tournament to be powered entirely by renewable sources.

Overseen by SSE Airtricity, Irelands largest wind power provider, throughout 2016 this project should save around 2,500 tonnes of carbon. This saving is the same as flying a jet around the world 500 times!

The head of business energy at SSE Airtricity, Stephen Gallagher said “At Aviva Stadium, the jerseys, the seats and the pitch have always been green – now, by switching to SSE Airtricity, the energy at the stadium becomes 100% green,”

Alongside providing all the energy required for the stadium, SSE Airtricity are helping the Aviva Stadium staff come up with energy saving strategies and reduce their overall usage.

 

New Title Holders

Arguably, until now the greenest stadium in the Six Nations was the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The Millennium Stadium has a recycling system, rainwater harvesting and LED lighting helping it achieve the BSI British Standard 8901 for Sustainable Management Systems for Events.

After the 2015 Rugby World Cup 98% of the plastic advertising surrounding the stadium was recycled too.

Wold-Wide Affair

It’s not only European sporting events that were aiming to be more environmentally responsible this weekend. The Superbowl, which took place in Santa Clara California, will be the first in its 50 year history to be carbon positive.

The Superbowl was held in Levi’s Stadium which was opened in 2014 at a cost of $1.2bn, was the first stadium to earn a LEED Gold award in the United States. One large factor contributing to the environmental success of Levi’s Stadium is the 1,162 solar panels, these panels will produce far more energy than the stadium will require throughout the year.

To help protect the fans from the scorching California sun there are also 3 solar panel covered bridges leading to the stadium. Showing an ingenious use of space, that would otherwise be wasted, to produce energy.

Another key factor in the environmental planning of Levi’s Stadium was being responsible with the water to the stadium. This was an essential part of the planning as the stadium was constructed in the midst of the longest drought in California’s history. To ease pressure on the already strained water supplies throughout the state 85% of the water to the stadium is recycled water that is provided by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

During the Superbowl and the days of celebration that surround it, Pacific Gas and Electricity have provided a temporary network of green power. This network consisted of electricity generated from hydrogen fuel cells, renewable diesel, and grid-based green energy.

 

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