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Tottenham Hotspur have partnered with Sky to help produce the world's first net zero football match on the 19th September.
The Premier League clash between Spurs and Chelsea is set to make history, as it will be the springboard for the wider #GameZero initiative that is supported by COP26 - as well as the EPL itself.
The aim of the project is to reduce emissions as much as possible, with the remainder offset through various natural projects that actively help remove toxins from the atmosphere.
Sky has partnered with Tottenham Hotspur to host the world's first net zero carbon football game at an elite level when Spurs face Chelsea on September 19 ' #GameZero
- Sky Sports (@SkySports) September 6, 2021
The involvement of Spurs is a landmark moment, as the initiative also has the support of the UK Government.
According to Sky, they want the game to "raise awareness of the threat of climate change and inspire football fans to make simple changes that will help reduce their carbon footprint."
Sky's involvement in sustainable projects is well-known, as the broadcaster had previously unveiled plays to become carbon neutral as a company by 2030.
We are proud to have partnered with Sky to make our September 19th fixture against Chelsea the world's first net zero carbon football game at an elite level. :earth_americas:
Find out more :point_down:#GameZero
- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 6, 2021
Regarding the historic match, Sky Sports' managing director Jonathan Licht said: "We're proud to be working with COP26 and Tottenham Hotspur to make #GameZero the world's first net zero carbon football match at the elite level.
"We hope that by using the power of sport, we can inspire and support football fans to make simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint and make more climate-friendly choices."
Spurs, meanwhile, have already been handed the distinction of being named the 'greenest club' in the Premier League, following a study conducted by the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit.
"We are delighted to be the chosen partner of Sky on this ground-breaking initiative that will demonstrate the role our game can play in addressing the urgent issue of climate change," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stated.
"As the Premier League's greenest club, Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet - we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference."
Both Spurs and Sky are signatories of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, as well as founding parters of 'Count Us In' - which is a global project tasked with mobilising over a billion people to join the fight against climate change.
Words by Tom Fenton.
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