Just last year, Manchester United was internationally acclaimed for its green-oriented energy use policies.
As well as this, the professional football club snatched a couple of environmental certifications for having lowered its carbon emissions and for proper waste management.
However, up until yesterday, the club's Chief Operating Officer, Michael Bolingbroke, was yet to be fully satisfied, as he wanted Manchester United to be the proud owner of not two, but three environmental certifications.
Luckily for him, the football club has just been certified for having achieved the newly-developed
ISO20121 international green-oriented standard.
For those unaware – and we are pretty sure there are many who find themselves in this situation – the ISO20121 standard basically refers to sustainability in event management.
In even plainer words: Manchester United is now officially acknowledged as displaying a well-balanced approach towards economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress.
As Businesses Green
reports, Michael Bolingbroke told the press that, “Sustainability is something about which we care passionately and it's a great achievement to be setting the standard in the events sector.”
He further added that, “Everyone at the club worked incredibly hard to ensure that this certification was achieved and we look forward to continuing our efforts in this field.”
The same source informs us that the club's environmental ambassador, Gary Neville, also spoke about how proud he is that Manchester United succeeded in becoming a true leader in terms of greening-up the sporting and events industry.
As far as we are concerned, it is a good thing that sustainable development and proper resource management are beginning to stand at the center of preoccupations for many companies, clubs and organizations.
Perhaps green-oriented ambitions similar to that of Manchester United are exactly what the remaining natural ecosystems need in order to make a full recovery from the damage we caused them over the years.