1 February 2017

Champions League final to be played in UK’s first sustainable stadium

The 2017 Champions League final will be held in the UK's first certified sustainable stadium. The Principality Stadium (previously known as the Millennium Stadium) was built in 1999 to host Rugby World Cup matches. To achieve ISO 20121 certification, venue owners the Welsh Rugby Union implemented a number of improvements.

Changes were made in several areas: Heating, cooling and ventilation systems have been upgraded to optimise efficiency; waste is segregated for recycling; lighting systems are computer controlled to prevent wastage; the stadium's pitch allows rainwater to be captured and recycled; and LED lights have been introduced to save energy and reduce heat emissions.

So far 71.52 tonnes of waste have been removed from landfill as a consequence of the changes, resulting in a reduction of 28.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Reduced raw material use, water and energy has helped the stadium to save a further 60.8 tonnes of CO2.

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