Cricket Goes Green

Cricket is a quintessentially British and colonial sport; it is almost impossible for the uninitiated to understand, the test match is played over 5 days--and they stop for tea breaks. Cricket is played on a pitch and herein the story lies.... The Cricket Board has decided to conduct a ‘green audit’ of the sport and review energy use and water consumption at the UK’s seven Test match grounds, including Lord's (pictured). Whilst most of the clubs do have their own environmental initiatives, the aim is to help them reduce their carbon emissions by at least 10 per cent by spring next year; which represents 800 tons fewer CO2 emissions. Presently Test match grounds have a collective annual energy consumption of over 25 million kWh. Npower, a major energy supplier and cricket sponsor, will be advising on how they can save energy, reduce costs, buy ‘green’ energy and - in the long-term - produce energy through a variety of micro-generation technologies. Once they have achieved their 10% target, they plan to spread the word in the form of a new green manual to the 11 smaller county grounds and then to the 6500 cricket clubs across the country (whew!). So next time you say the words "sticky wicket"..... :: England and Wales Cricket Board

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