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How green are Premier League clubs? Tottenham top sustainability table

Tottenham are the greenest Premier League club, coming top of a table measuring the sustainability of all 20 top-flight sides.

“Looking to our future beyond the current pandemic, our message is that the climate needs to be at forefront of all our minds,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

“We have seen people take greater pride in their environment during the lockdowns of the past year. When we return to normality, we cannot slip back into bad habits and lose sight of this.”

What is the sustainability table?

First published in 2019 by BBC Sport and the United Nations-backed Sport Positive Summit, the rankings have been updated along with the criteria and methodology.

Teams have been asked to provide evidence of efforts in eight categories. There are more points available in each category this year and three bonus points, making a total of 21.

ClubPointsRankTottenham211Arsenal20=2Brighton20=2Man Utd20=2Man City195Southampton186Liverpool177Chelsea14=8West Brom14=8West Ham (don’t own their stadium)1310Everton12.511Crystal Palace12=12Newcastle12=12Wolves12=12Fulham1115Leeds Utd10=16Leicester City10=16Sheffield Utd10=16Burnley*819Aston Villa*720*Based on 2019 data; no 2020 information sent. See full details at Sport Positive Summitexternal-link

Points were awarded for:

Clean energy (2 points)Energy efficiency (2 points )Sustainable transport (2 points)Single-use plastic reduction or removal (2 points)Waste management (2 points)Water efficiency (2 points)Plant-based or low-carbon food options (3 points)Communications & engagement (3 points)

One bonus point was available for each of the following:

If club actively engage fans towards positive behavioural change that reduces environmental impact in their own lives If club are signatory to UN Sports for Climate Action FrameworkIf club track and report on percentage of fans taking various modes of transportation to gamesWhat about the impact of Covid-19?

Tottenham, who tied with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City at the top…

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