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Score a goal for climate: Assessing the carbon footprint of travel patterns of the English Premier League clubs.

Tóffano Pereira, R.P., Filimonau, V. and Ribeiro, G.M., 2019. Score a goal for climate: Assessing the carbon footprint of travel patterns of the English Premier League clubs. Journal of Cleaner Production, 227 (August), 167 - 177.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.138

Abstract

Football is the most popular sport, globally and in the United Kingdom. However it generates a range of negative environmental impacts, such as climate change, due to an extensive amount of travel involved. The growing contribution of football clubs to the global carbon footprint has been recognised, but never consistently assessed. This study assesses the carbon footprint of the English Premier League (EPL)clubs, using the patterns of their domestic travel in the 2016/2017 season as a proxy for analysis. The study shows that, within the 2016/17 season, the EPL clubs produced circa 1134 tonnes of CO 2- eq. as a result of their travel, where transportation accounts for 61% of the carbon footprint. To reduce this carbon footprint, a careful review of the current corporate travel and procurement practices in the EPL clubs is necessary. This is in order to optimise the travel itineraries, prioritise more climate-benign modes of transport and contract budget accommodation providers with the ‘green’ credentials.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0959-6526
Uncontrolled Keywords:Carbon footprint; Transportation; Sporting events; Football; English Premier League.
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:32280
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:14 May 2019 07:33
Last Modified:16 Apr 2020 01:08

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