Manchester United defend decision to travel to Leicester for Premier League game

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Manchester United have defended their decision to travel 100 miles to Leicester for their Premier League game.

United, fourth, face Leicester at King Power Stadium at 3pm on Saturday, and the visitors have opted to fly ahead of the game.

United said travel decisions are made “based on operational circumstances” and the team won’t necessarily always make it to this game.

The pressure continues to grow on large companies and industries like aviation to do more to tackle carbon emissions and pollution, and world leaders will meet at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP26) later this month.

Manchester United announced in July its partnership with Renewable Energy Group, Inc., a leading producer of renewable fuels, with “a common mission to tackle climate change and create a cleaner world”.

Asked specifically about the trip to the Leicester game, they replied:

  • They have a certified green electricity purchasing policy for all club buildings and facilities.
  • They obtained the Carbon Trust Standard certification for the sixth consecutive year in 2020, demonstrating their successful commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions every year; they are the first sports club in the UK to achieve the Carbon Trust standard.
  • Manchester United’s energy and carbon reduction program has achieved 12 consecutive years of energy and carbon reductions, although the club have grown significantly during that time.
  • Since the program began in 2008, they have reduced annual carbon emissions by more than 2,700 tonnes, a reduction equivalent to the emissions produced by 540 households for one year.

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