E.ON Press Release

22 February 2008

So far over 1000 away football fans have pledged to leave their car at home and travel by coach to FA Cup fixtures around the country this season. By traveling together by coach rather than taking their cars, fans have saved over 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of heating and lighting 22 houses for a year.

 

E.ON will be providing free coach travel for away fans at each of the eight Fifth Round fixtures in order to reduce the environmental impact of The FA Cup. By logging onto Carbonfootyprint.com, fans can reduce their own carbon footprint by opting to travel by coach.

 

Barnsley fans will save just under a ton of carbon dioxide if they take up the offer of free coach travel for the 247 mile round trip to Anfield. This is the equivalent of watching over 3000 FA Cup matches.

 

Pompey fans face the longest journey in Round Five with an 856 mile round trip to Deepdale as Harry Redknapp's side take on Preston North End. If 50 Pompey fans travel in a coach together they will save over three tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of powering a house for 18 months.

 

With fans expected to clock up over 3,456 miles in total traveling to games over the Fifth Round weekend, fans are being encouraged to do their bit. Going by coach is the most environmentally friendly form of transport, emitting just 29g of CO2 on a per passenger per kilometre basis (gCO2/pass.km) compared to trains and cars. If just one coach is filled with fans at every game rather than traveling by car, over 12 tonnes of CO2 would be saved, the equivalent of powering two houses for the whole season.1

 

The partnership with National Express will run across every round of The FA Cup through to The Final in May. By encouraging fans to travel to matches together in a coach, rather than driving in a car, fans can make a significant difference to the competition's carbon emissions.

 

Mike Thompson, Head of Sponsorship & Events at E.ON said:

"Following on from the great success last round, we're delighted to be able to offer free coach travel for fans traveling to games in the Fifth Round. With thousands of fans traveling to FA Cup games every round, it is no surprise that travel has the biggest environmental impact. By providing free coaches to away games this round and for every round until The Final, we hope that fans will travel to the game together rather than by car, and reduce their carbon footprint. The initiative with National Express is a great way of communicating some of the easy steps fans can take to help make this season's FA Cup carbon neutral."

 

Paul Bunting, Chief Executive, National Express, added:

"We are delighted to be working with E.ON to make it easier for football fans to reduce their carbon foot print when travelling to support their team during the FA Cup. In 2006 nearly 300,000 tonnes of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere by people using the National Express instead of the car, and this brilliant campaign will help people understand that changing travel habits from cars to public transport is the single best way they can help the environment".

 

The free coach travel offer forms part of E.ON's Carbonfootyprint.com campaign, which aims to offset the 45,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide produced by The FA Cup. Carbon emissions are calculated for every match in every round of The FA Cup (including replays) and include the operational emissions from all participating clubs, the television emissions from viewers watching matches at home and the travel emissions produced by home and away fans.

 

By logging onto www.carbonfootyprint.com, football fans can also find out about car sharing schemes in their area and choose from over 30 different energy saving pledges, such as fitting energy efficient light bulbs, walking to a game or watching the match together at a pub with friends. So far this season, over 31,000 pledges have been made by football fans.

 

The Carbonfootyprint.com campaign follows the success of 'Save Your Energy for the Blues' an initiative run by E.ON in conjunction with Ipswich Town Football Club last season, which saw fans make over 14,000 carbon saving pledges to make the Blues the country's first ever carbon neutral football club.

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