By Dela Ahiawor
Donna-Maria Cullen, the Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has stated that Spurs will use its global reach and appeal to raise awareness against the issue of climate change. “We are committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of our activities across all operations,” she said.
The Executive Director made this remarks when Tottenham Hotspur announced VivoPower International PLC as its Official Battery Technology Partner until the end of the 2021/22 season. The partnership is the first of its kind. And also in line with the club’s vision to reduce the environmental impacts of all its activities across all the club operations. VivoPower will now conduct a review of Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium and training centre to explore future sustainable solutions in the club’s bid to transition towards carbon neutrality.
VivoPower will supply a large, solid state battery with capacity of more than 3 MW at the stadium to boost the venue’s power supply. A full-suite sustainable energy solution – including rooftop solar panels, battery storage, custom microgrid controls and electrical infrastructure – will also be designed for the Spurs’ training centre.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is the third (3rd) English Premier League, EPL club and the 185th signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Actions Framework. Not long ago, Tottenham Hotspur was named the most sustainable (greenest) club in the EPL.
Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman and CEO of VivoPower, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tottenham Hotspur on what would be our first full suite SES deal, our first deal involving infrastructure assets and our first SES deal in the UK. Tottenham not only has a fantastic history and heritage as one of the world’s pre-eminent football clubs, but also tops the Sport Positive Rankings as the English Premier League’s most sustainable club.
“As VivoPower is a certified B Corporation, we have to be sure that our partners share our goals and ethos. Given Tottenham’s excellent sustainability credentials, we know we’re partnering with a sports business that shares our values and vision.
“Our deal encompasses all aspects of our sustainable energy solutions which are available to all corporates looking to decarbonise far more rapidly than their competitors. We hope to assist Tottenham by delivering a turnkey SES outcome that enables the Club to accelerate towards net zero carbon status.
“Both the stadium and training ground projects will serve as perfect ambassadors for VivoPower’s work as we grow rapidly and help decarbonise businesses across the UK and all major international markets.”
Furthermore Donna-Maria Cullen said: “Science points towards an urgent need for businesses to decarbonise and the Club is always open to new technologies and innovations to help achieve this core aim.
“It is the first partnership of its kind within the world of football and shows Club’s intent to reduce its carbon emissions. The work of companies like VivoPower with businesses like ours could be seen in years to come as an essential part of limiting the impacts of climate change.”
VivoPower International PLC is an international battery technology, electric vehicle, solar and critical power services company whose core purpose is to deliver sustainable energy solutions to its clients. VivoPower is a certified B Corporation and has operations in Australia, Canada, the U.S. and U.K.