Sustainable stadium reaches international heights
2nd November 2012, 9:34 am By Principality Stadium
The Millennium Stadium has gained international recognition for its efforts to further improve the sustainability of events at the home of Welsh sport.
The iconic sporting venue has achieved the new ISO standard for events management, an international framework to reward the event industry for integrating sustainability with their activities.
The ISO 20121 management system identifies the potentially negative social, economic and environmental impacts of events by removing or reducing them through improved planning and processes.
The Millennium Stadium completed the ISO event sustainability management systemjust over one year after earning the British Standard for sustainable events (BS8901) ahead of any other UK stadia.
The stadium’s Facilities Manager, Darren Crossman, has led the bid to upgrade the venue’s sustainable credentials. He said:
“The new ISO standard recognises the stadium’s long-term commitment to sustainable development and I’m delighted to receive the ISO certificate on behalf of the Millennium Stadium.
“This acknowledges the huge strides that have been made by the organisation as we continue to work with our staff and supply chain to improve the environmental, economic and social dimensions of Millennium Stadium events.
“Achieving the new standard has elevated our standing across Europe as well as within the UK for event sustainability and I’m extremely proud that the Millennium Stadium has raised the bar once more.”
As well as successfully increasing the awareness of environmental and social issues, recent Millennium Stadium projects have also reduced overheads and improved facilities at the national rugby stadium.
At Wales’ upcoming Dove Men Series game against Samoa at the Millennium Stadium on Friday 16 November, a new floodlighting system will light up Wales’ rugby stars with 78% greater output while also reducing the cost of power consumption.
Additionally over 450 LED light fittings, offering the greatest energy savings of any lighting source on the market, have been installed around the stadium to reduce energy usage by up to 70%.