SSE Airtricity to supply 100% green energy to the Aviva Stadium

New deal sees the home of the Irish Rugby become the first RBS 6 Nations stadium to be supplied with 100% renewable energy

Eoin Clarke
by Eoin Clarke on 4th February, 2016

Aviva Stadium has reached an agreement with SSE Airtricity that will see its energy needs met by 100% renewable sources for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations.

It marks the first time the stadium has ‘gone green’, which also makes it the first one hosting games in the RBS 6 Nations to be completely powered by renewable energy.

The deal will see SSE Airtricity supply completely green electricity and gas to home of Irish rugby and football.

By taking such an approach, Aviva Stadium is reducing its carbon footprint and will save the environment 2,382 tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide emissions in 2016, based on its projected annual power requirements.

To put things in perspective, that’s the equivalent to the levels of carbon stored by 22 acres of mature rainforest or the fuel emitted by jet aircraft that flies around the world 500 times.

Kicking fossil fuels into touch

Stephen Gallagher, Head of Business Energy at SSE Airtricity, said the firm was honoured to be the new source of energy for the stadia.

“At Aviva Stadium, the jerseys, the seats and the pitch have always been green – now, by switching to SSE Airtricity, the energy at the stadium becomes 100% green,” he said.

Gallagher added that a team of energy specialists will work alongside the management at the stadium to see if additional energy saving and increased efficiency measures are possible.

He added that SSE is looking forward to working with stadium director Martin Murphy and his team to “give the Aviva Stadium’s carbon footprint the boot”.

Murphy said opting to do a deal with SSE Airtricity was an “easy decision” and one that “reaffirms our commitment towards putting sustainability at the heart of everything” taking place at the ground.

“Aviva Stadium proudly becomes the first of all of the stadia in the RBS 6 Nations to be powered by clean, green energy and in this way is playing its part to help kick fossil fuels to touch for good,” he added.

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