Using eight criteria, 'Sport Positive' has put the ranking of Premier League teams 2020 under the microscope:
- Use of renewable energy
- energy efficiency
- Sustainable mobility for fans and staff
- reduction and removal of single-use plastic
- Waste management
- water efficiency
- plant-based and low-carbohydrate catering
- Communication and whole-club commitment to sustainability.
There are a total of 21 points up for grabs for each of Premier League teams ranked in these categories.
Top of the table Tottenham Hotspur: The all-rounders
Only one team was able to score the complete number of points in the current ranking: Tottenham Hotspur.The London club's sustainability measures are manifold. These include, among others:
- 100% use of renewable energy
- mobility initiatives for staff and fans
- waterless urinals in the stadium
- use of regional ingredients in catering
- sustainability workshops offered by the club
Spurs are also continuing their environmental efforts for the 2021/22 season, with the London derby against Chelsea FC on 19 September 2021 set to become the world's first CO2-neutral professional football match at the top level.
Liverpool and Chelsea in midfield - Aston Villa last
With 20 points, Arsenal, Manchester United and the at least sporting underdog Brighton & Hove Albion are close behind in second place. Reigning champions Manchester City are still fifth with 19 points out of a possible 21. Liverpool FC (17) are seventh, with Champions League winners Chelsea (14) eighth.
The last place in the eco-ranking is taken by Aston Villa with seven points (however, due to a lack of new data on the part of the club based on values from 2019).
"Sport Positive" has also compiled a sustainability ranking for the German Bundesliga in 2021. Find out who is at the top in Germany.
The sustainability table of the Premier League at a glance
The ranking of EPL teams looks like this:
|2||Brighton & Hove Albion||20|
|8||West Bromwich Albion||14|
|11||West Ham United||13|