TSG Hoffenheim have become the first Bundesliga club to commit themselves to being carbon neutral in a move that is ground-breaking in Germany.
The club from Sinsheim have launched a project called ‘TSG ist Bewegung’ (TSG is movement), which is tied in with them being the only professional sports club to be a member of the ‘Alliance for Development and Climate Change’. This is a government initiative launched by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Since the start of the current season, Hoffenheim has been wholly carbon neutral thanks to a policy which sees all unavoidable CO2 emissions offset through a World Wildlife Fund project taking place in the Kikongo forest in Uganda.
By the end of the current 2019/20 Bundesliga season, Hoffenheim hope to have offset some 3000 tonnes of CO2. On top of the club’s own emissions, they are going to offset those of each visiting team to the the Rhein-Neckar Arena as well as those of the refereeing team.
Prior to kick-off, at the traditional coin toss, the visiting captain will be presented with a special certificate explaining the details of the CO2 offsetting for the match in question.
”In addition to the need to reduce our own CO2 emissions and balance our carbon footprint, in choosing to go carbon neutral we also hope to educate both our fans and the general public as well as draw attention to this issue which is of critical importance for all levels of our society,” explained TSG Managing Director Dr. Peter Görlich.
“I believe we can be proud of the fact that we are setting an example for both the Bundesliga and German football as a whole when it comes to climate protection” Managing Director Frank Briel explains further.
“Making all of our activities climate-neutral is a continuation of the steps we took years ago to equip all of our facilities, including the stadium, with state-of-the-art environmental protection technology in order to conserve resources and operate in an environmentally-conscious manner.”
Since 2002, the organisation Global Woods International have planted an estimated 8 million trees over a 10,000 hectare site in Uganda creating over 600 jobs in the process. As well as reducing CO2 from the atmosphere, the project also promotes biodiversity, access to clean water and education in east Africa.
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