How can a stadium reduce waste?

The Principality Stadium is Wales’ major international sports and events venue. With a capacity of 74,500 and an average of 1.3 million visitors a year, the stadium aims to promote sustainability in all areas of its activities.

First class

The Principality Stadium is the first venue in the UK to achieve the British Standard Sustainable Management Systems for Events. It has been recognised for its efforts to minimise its carbon impact, reuse material resources, reduce waste, and increase recycling. The Stadium began its sustainable venture in 2010, and gained certification in less than a year.

Working as a team

As part of this venture, the stadium provided a workshop session with its suppliers to gather information and technical knowledge in resource efficiency – including any initiatives to reduce waste and generate savings. By working with its supply chain, the stadium redirected 71.52 tonnes of waste from landfill, with a consequent reduction of 28.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Waste reduction

The stadium currently recycles around 98% of its waste. Food waste is composted, and 100% of its energy is procured from renewables. The stadium has also implemented an innovative design for its pitch, switching to a unique palletised pitched system, which is capable of harvesting and reusing rainwater collected below the grass beds.  

This story shows how the Principality Stadium supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.5: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.”

About Principality Stadium

The Principality Stadium (previously known as the Millennium Stadium) is the national stadium of Wales. Located in Cardiff, with a seating capacity of 74,500, it was initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, but has since gone on to host many other large-scale events. It is also the second-largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof.

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