Newcastle United keeper facilities manager Eddie Rutherford has pulled off a huge save: The football club’s use of a combined heat and power (CHP) system is cutting its carbon emissions by 390 tonnes a year.
Via a 12-year energy performance contract with Ener-G, whose CHP business was recently acquired by Centrica, the system is paid for by savings on electricity bills. The arrangement is one of a number of energy saving measures made at St James’ Park over the last six years.
The club says it has since made hundreds of thousands of pounds of cost savings and created a negative carbon footprint through offsetting and energy efficiency measures. These include boiler optimisation, burner management, lighting upgrades, bore holes for natural pitch irrigation, smart building and energy monitoring and controls and behavioural changes among the operational staff.
“The less energy we use, the less carbon we emit and the less impact we have on the environment, both locally and globally,” said Rutherford. “Our partnership with Ener-G to introduce a high efficiency CHP system is another major step in our mission to achieve outstanding green performance.”