Twickenham Stadium continues to prioritise environmental sustainability with the ongoing threat of man-made climate change. The last year has seen the organisation commence the 2050 net zero corporate strategy planning which will contribute to the required global climate action and ensure a continued sustainable pathway for the RFU.
Twickenham Stadium has driven a significant reduction in operational energy consumption through improving system performance, retro-fitting energy efficient solutions, shutting down utilities in unoccupied areas and extensive staff and contractor education.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a limited number of spectator events taking place at the stadium, the focus on waste improvements has continued. The stadium has operated under a "Zero waste to landfill policy" for the last 7 years. This is achieved by all of the stadiums food waste being composted using an anaerobic digestion unit that produces both electricity and fertiliser, additionally, all recyclables are sent to state of the art recycling plant operated by Grundon for recycling. Any waste that is unsuitable for recycling is incinerated to provide energy back to the National Grid.
Since the introduction of the reusable EcoCup programme, the stadium has saved circa 1 million single-use plastic cups from entering landfill each year, with an objective that only 5% of plastic waste is single use. In partnership with Levy UK, 95% of our food is now prepared and cooked onsite using at least 80% British ingredients and all cooking oil recycled.
Controls implemented in recent years have continued, including meeting the International Standards Organisation ISO 20121 for sustainable event management, the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme and Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme.