In recent years, we have seen several stadiums implement specific guidelines to make their stadiums more and more sustainable. In Europe, the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam is a pioneer when it comes to promoting sustainability and becoming carbon neutral.
Apart from this stadium in the Netherlands, we would like to highlight the Groupama Aréna, venue of Hungarian side Ferencváros TC, which has started promoting a sustainability programme. During the year, this structure has developed initiatives in order to promote a greener way of management and also encourage visiting fans to follow this path.
The Groupama Arena promotes sustainability in the district of Budapest following four directives in their green pathway. According to their strategy, they work according to these four pillars:
PIONEER: We are committed to building Hungary’s first carbon-neutral stadium in the name of renewal. With this we want to set an example and inspire.
LOCAL INTEGRATION : On the road to complete carbon neutrality, we implement not only large-scale but also small-scale projects that are very important for the protection of the environment, giving our suppliers and partners the opportunity to actively participate and create value.
INNOVATIVE: We try to apply the latest technological solutions to all elements of the Green Arena program, we are constantly increasing our knowledge and following the relevant trends.
VALUE CREATOR: We strive to create value together with our suppliers and partners and share it with others. Not only do we want to set an example, but we also want to encourage individuals and communities alike. In order to strengthen the guidelines, we have launched our Green Aréna program, which aims to be the greenest club in the OTP Bank League.“
Besides this, they created the “Zöld Aréna Programját”, Green Arena Programme which is an engagement in the sustainability operation of the stadium. Within this programme, the stadium has day-to-day operation in order to reduce the ecological footprint of his facility.
So far, the stadium uses modern energy lighting such as LED technology and natural light thanks to glazed facade surfaces. In terms of solar energy, they have a solar collector of a 100 m²-surface in the aim of producing 40% of the energy needed for hot water.
The stadium also captures the rainwater through their roof structure. This roof allows the collation of rainwater falling and is redirected for flushing toilets for example. They installed a collector of a volume of 200 m³ aiming to irrigate the track.
Apart from these initiatives, the club has implemented a modern electric car charging structure in May 2021. Through partnership with Porsche Hungaria, 1 block of 75kW DC and 4 others of 22 kW AC car chargers were installed encouraging their fans to use electric cars providing charging points.
A recyclable system has also been delivered using “Re-cup” that are cups with a longer life-cycle than plastic cups. Thanks to this management, the Groupama Arena will reduce the management of plastic wastes from hundreds of tons and decrease the cleaning costs.
In the future, the structure is in constant improvement in order to meet their sustainability goals relying on their partners, fans and with the help of suppliers. For example, they plan to use additional solar energy via the instalment of new solar panels.
To have further information about the policy of the Groupama Arena, we invite you to visit their website : https://www.groupamaarena.com/zoldarena