ESB and the GAA announce partnership for a carbon neutral Croke Park


The GAA and ESB have announced a major joint environmental initiative - Cul Green - aimed at making Croke Park a carbon-free stadium.

The Cul Green plan sets ambitious environmental targets - dramatically reducing the carbon footprint at the sporting venue over the next six years.

The new project in the immediate-term will cut Croke Park's annual 4,500 tonnes carbon emissions output by more than two-thirds. 

It will establish a state-of-the-art environmental-improvement programme covering the stadium's electricity, waste and water management systems.

A total of 2.2 million people attended Croke Park last year - making it the biggest venue in Ireland - and the new sustainability plan will extend to fans' activities in reducing the environmental impact of their travel to and from the stadium.

Croke Park will immediately contract its electricity supply from a renewable source and an energy efficiency audit will be conducted by ESB to establish how the stadium can most rapidly achieve zero carbon.

ESB will provide expertise in environmental management, as a specialist from the company joins the Croke Park team for the next 12 months to achieve internationally-recognised best-practice environmental standards at the stadium.

An energy audit begins immediately to establish how Croke Park can maximise efficiencies and reduce consumption. This detailed examination will be concluded before the All-Ireland finals in September.

It is estimated that fans travelling to games at the stadium produce carbon emissions of 15,000 tonnes a year.

A special website - - will be established within two months to allow fans participate in the Cúl Green initiative. Fans will be able to log-on to the website and also pledge different ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint.

Croke Park will also include an environmental awareness dimension to the stadium's museum, which has more than 75,000 visitors each year.

GAA President, Mr Nickey Brennan, said that ESB's track-record on energy efficiency, respect for the environment and delivery of major projects, makes it an excellent sustainability partner for the organisation.

"Both ESB and the GAA have a national presence and tradition of service and support for the community. This initiative will set a standard of responsibility towards the environment for all our supporters and is a showcase for what can be achieved through the active participation and behaviour of our fans" - he said.

ESB Chief Executive, Padraig McManus, said that the partnership at a world-class stadium such as Croke Park will increase awareness about sustainability and climate change across - not just the GAA family, but a far wider supporting public.

"ESB's recently-announced €22 billion capital spend (Click Here) included ambitious carbon-reduction targets for the company - leading to an ESB that is net-zero carbon by 2035. Initiatives such as the Croke Park Cul Green environmental project is a natural progression for ESB in pursuit of  this radical climate change agenda" - he added.