Forest Green Rovers world’s first UN-certified carbon-neutral football club

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A Sky Bet League Two team has been certified by the United Nations as the world’s first carbon-neutral football club.

Forest Green Rovers have signed up to the Climate Neutral Now initiative for the upcoming season.

The UN campaign, launched in 2015, encourages companies, organisations, governments and citizens to reduce their climate footprints, with the aim of achieving a climate neutral world by the middle of this century.

Club chairman Dale Vince, who is the founder of Ecotricity, said: “It’s a real honour to be the very first sports club in the world to be named carbon neutral by the UN.

“We’re a small club with big ambitions, and it’s fantastic we can work together to champion the sustainability message worldwide.

“It’s great to be first, but I believe it’s only a matter of time before the big boys like Real Madrid, Man United and the San Francisco 49ers follow our example.

“I’m personally looking forward to working more with the UN to help spread the word about the environment through football.”

Miguel Naranjo, from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, added: “For us it’s great, we’re really glad to have Forest Green Rovers on board because it’s an excellent example of the things that you can do right.

“The beauty about Forest Green Rovers is that it’s a small organisation, with not a massive budget, and still it’s doing so much to address the environmental footprint.

“So, if Forest Green Rovers can do it, anyone can do it as well.”

It is the club’s latest commitment to being environmentally friendly.

Two years ago, the Nailsworth-based club, which is near Stroud in Gloucestershire, became the world’s first vegan football club after making the switch to a plant-based diet for all players, fans, staff and events.

Forest Green have also launched a new vegan school food range called “the Little Green Devils”, which aims to provide healthy meat alternatives in schools.

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