Bradford City has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by measuring, managing and reducing its carbon footprint by almost 15%.

The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations and are committed to reducing them year on year.

Bradford City is only the third professional football club in the World to achieve this accolade with Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers previously achieving the Standard. It is an achievement of which the Club is rightly very proud and feels it is in top-class company in being awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.

Bradford City Director, Roger Owen said: "We're delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. It is a great way of showing that we are on the front foot when it comes to carbon management best practices and gives us an opportunity to communicate our environmental credentials with integrity to those that matter.

"Bradford City set out on the path to reduce its energy costs to enable more money to be available for playing budgets to produce a successful side. We are delighted that we are able to achieve the cost-cutting aims while cutting our carbon emissions and, being one of the most talked about companies in Bradford, that we can now highlight to all supporters the importance of making carbon reductions. Going through the assessment process to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard has helped us to reduce our carbon footprint, make essential cost savings and will help us to stay competitive and ahead of the game in the future."

The Club achievement also marked another first for the Carbon Trust Standard as the cost of the assessment process was sponsored by another local company, Pitts Wilson Electrical. The Club could foresee real benefits from both a cost and reputation perspective of pursuing the Standard, but with difficult financial restrictions, PWE stepped-in to cover the costs involved.

PWE's Managing Director, Mark Flude said earlier today "We were delighted to be able to support Bradford City with their endeavours to reduce its carbon emissions and release funds for the further development of the Club. We hope that our support will mean the Club can continue to achieve the benefits of greater cost reductions while the community at large benefits from the Club's reduced carbon footprint."

Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust said "Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard shows that Bradford City FC is taking serious and credible steps to manger their carbon footprint. Based on a rigorous, independently assessed methodology, the Carbon Trust Standard allows organisations to talk with integrity to their stakeholders, consumers and investors about what they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions. We congratulate the Club on its achievement."

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