Millennium Stadium aiming to become ‘UK’s first’ certifiably sustainable venue

The Millennium Stadium is working with British Standard Institution to achieve its BS 8901 sustainable management for events.

Millennium Stadium aiming to become ‘UK’s first’ certifiably sustainable venue
Millennium Stadium aiming to become ‘UK’s first’ certifiably sustainable venue

The standard provides a framework for managing the environmental, economic and social impact of an event.

The venue’s pre-assessment is booked for December 2010.

Environmental systems at the stadium include rainwater harvesting within the pitch irrigation system, infra red controls fitted in the urinals to prevent unnecessary flushing and meters installed to monitor energy and water consumption.

"While we have always considered our impact on the environment, and have introduced systems such as rain and waste recycling in the past, we are now looking at more ways to run the business more efficiently and build for the future," said  Millennium Stadium manager Gerry Toms.

Environment minister, Jane Davidson added: "We can only tackle climate change if action is taken by each and every one of us. It is not down to one single organisation to address, but for all of us, making small changes to our homes, work places and lives. The Millennium Stadium is setting an excellent example and I wish the team well with its assessment."

Stadium facilities manager Darren Crossman heads up the project, which aims to introduce evidence of sustainable practice by looking at new ways to reduce waste, lower energy use and re-use of equipment and infrastructure.

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