The Reds recently topped the Sport Positive Environmental Sustainability League, and now want to achieve absolute zero carbon emissions
The weather could hardly be better, barely a cloud in the sky as the sun beats down.
“Are you sure this is Liverpool?!” smiles Dirk Kuyt, dressed in a red club tracksuit and clutching a red LFC-branded bottle.
We are at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, less than a mile from the stadium which Kuyt graced for six years between 2006 and 2012.
“Lots of memories,” he says, reflecting briefly on his 286 appearances and 71 goals for Liverpool. “Most of them good!”
Kuyt is here as part of a prize-giving ceremony, where children from 19 local schools, as well as the LFC Foundation’s Easter sports camps, have been taking part in the #IWill challenge, an initiative designed to educate students on the topic of recycling and reduced plastic waste.
Sustainability is an increasingly important subject at Liverpool, who last year launched their own in-house initiative, The Red Way, and who in February topped, along with Tottenham, the 2021 Sports Positive Environmental Sustainability League..
Now in its third year, the Sport Positive EPL Environmental Matrix measures each Premier League club’s environmental policy and commitment to areas such as clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainability transport, single-use plastic reduction or removal, waste management, water efficiency, plant based/low carbon food and biodiversity, as well as their education, communication and engagement on the subject of sustainability.
In 2021, Liverpool scored 23 out of a maximum 24 points, earning praise for “overhauling” its sustainability project, and for creating a “comprehensive strategy” which “permeates across every facet of the organisation.”
The club has a global partnership with Quorn, the sustainable meat-free meal provider, while it also owns its own 1,200 square metre allotment in the Tuebrook area of the city, where fruit and vegetables are grown to be used by chefs at Anfield and the Kirkby training complex.
Meanwhile, the ‘Reds Going Green’ initiative has seen the installation of organic machines to break down food waste into water. All cardboard catering packaging is 100 percent biodegradable, while the club even collects rainwater, which is used to treat the pitches at Anfield and Kirkby.
The LFC Foundation works extensively with local schools to educate on the subject of climate change and sustainability, while at the AXA Training Centre, over 650 new trees have been planted, along with 6000 plants and over 1.5 kilometres of hedging.
There is also a state-of-the-art ‘biological vehicle wash system’, which treats and filters out grease, grime, oil and grass-cuttings that can collect on vehicles and equipment, and recycles the dirty water to be used again.
Long-term, the club is working to achieve absolute zero carbon emissions, in line with UK government legislation. Short-term, Liverpool say they have become carbon neutral for all direct activities.