Do Premier League clubs really care about Climate Change?

The English Premier League is often hailed as the greatest in the world. It’s undoubtedly the richest, with the greatest global reach.

But do EPL clubs care about climate change? With more pledges and promises being made, we looked at the carbon cost of a club activity that has become commonplace even before a new campaign kicks off: overseas pre-season friendlies.
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Let’s look at how EPL preseason tours stack up in terms of their carbon emissions.

Now let’s compare them to football’s footprint during the domestic season.

Yep, that’s right. The transport emissions from just ONE of these pre-season friendlies exceeded ALL of the transport emissions of ALL clubs for an entire Premier League season. And there were 17 friendlies in total that each exceed an entire season’s worth.

Clubs played friendlies abroad
Matches played outside of the UK
Airmiles racked up
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Data analysis by Dr. Alan Spray