Envision Virgin Racing meets the world’s greenest football club

Envision Virgin Racing is one of the greenest Formula E teams, with its Silverstone HQ certified as carbon neutral – so who better to spend time with than the world’s greenest football team?

Forest Green Rovers might not have the following of Manchester United or Barcelona, but they’re in a class of their own when it comes to sustainability. They’ve been officially certified by FIFA as the greenest football team in the world, and they’re the only vegan football club in existence. That’s quite a feat for a League Two club.

Envision Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird popped in to have a kickabout with the team to find out more. “Everyone at Envision Virgin Racing massively believes in sustainability and can appreciate what this club is trying to do,” Bird said. “So when I got told about this opportunity I jumped at the chance to get some training done, not only because I love my football but because of what the club represents.”

Based in Nailsworth in Gloucestershire, Forest Green Rovers, led by chairman Dale Vince, have put sustainability at the heart of everything they do. From solar panels and electric vehicle charging points to their vegan match day menu and even bamboo shin-pads, everything that the football club thinks about has sustainability at its heart. They’ve even been certified carbon neutral by the UN.

Sam Bird at Forest Green Rovers

“We’ve brought sustainability into the world of football,” said Vince. “We capture the water from underneath the pitch and put it back on so we don’t waste water and don’t waste nutrients. We even make 20 per cent of our electricity here on site from solar panels.”

Envision Virgin Racing is also committed to sustainability with its Race Against Climate Change initiative. The programme aims to accelerate the energy transition and help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. It is doing this through a series of events and asking fans to sign a pledge to do their part to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Visit Envision Virgin Racing to find out more.

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