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Wearing green for the Six Nations

News   •   Feb 11, 2016 16:21 GMT

Aviva Stadium moves to green energy

With the rugby world scrumming down for the six nations, Aviva Stadium has teamed up with SSE Airtricity to become the only stadium in the competition to be powered solely by green energy.

SSE Airtricity - Ireland’s largest provider of wind power - will supply 100% green electricity and gas to the home of rugby and soccer in Ireland.

This pioneering move will see Aviva Stadium reduce its carbon footprint massively, saving the environment almost 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2016 alone – or the equivalent of fuel emitted by a jet circumnavigating the world 500 times or the carbon stored by 22 acres of mature rainforest.

Eliminating its reliance on fossil fuels, the stadium will see all its energy needs met by clean, renewable energy,

Head of business energy at SSE Airtricity, Stephen Gallagher is pleased with the tie-in: “At Aviva Stadium, the jerseys, the seats and the pitch have always been green – now, by switching to SSE Airtricity, the energy at the stadium becomes 100% green.”

Day-to-day energy use too can expect to be cut as SSE Airtricity business specialists help stadium management to identify energy consumption savings through efficiency measures.

Aviva Stadium director Martin Murphy described the move as "an easy decision", adding that "it reaffirms our commitment towards putting sustainability at the heart of everything we do, including in our energy use and environmental policies".

Almost 2,500 tonnes (2,382) of carbon dioxide offset based on Aviva Stadium’s projected annual power load of 6,437MWh and calculated using latest published All-Island Average CO2 Emissions of 0.370t/MWh (Commission for Energy Regulation, 2014). An acre of the mature forest stores 109 tonnes of carbon dioxide on average (The Woodland Trust).

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