Local community and groundstaff to benefit as Blues look to help the environment
Town have looked to improve the air quality at the training ground and Portman Road by switching from diesel to cleaner-burning, Shell GTL (Gas to Liquid) fuel.
The Club will monitor the fuel’s performance of the mowers and tractors used by the groundstaff and measure its benefits to the environment, the local community and the staff.
“We believe that the Club - and our neighbours - will benefit from adopting an odourless fuel with lower emissions that can reduce noise levels in engines,” head groundsman, Ben Connell, told the Club website.
“The groundstaff work with machinery all day and we were conscious of how regular diesel emissions may have been affecting their health and wellbeing.
“Furthermore, the training ground is surrounded by a number of residential properties and we felt a responsibility to minimise the environmental impact on the local community. Shell GTL fuel was an ideal solution.
“I think the highest praise we can give Shell GTL fuel is that we haven’t noticed it at all. It’s been business as usual since we made the switch from diesel: no operational issues, no teething problems - completely seamless.”
Shell GTL fuel has been shown to reduce Nitrogen Oxide by up to 37 per cent and Particulate Matter emissions by up to 90 per cent - both of which are released from diesel combustion engines and pose a serious and immediate impact to human health in UK towns and cities.
Shell GTL fuel is also free of unwanted components such as sulphur, metals and aromatics, making it non-toxic and therefore less harmful to the environment.
Leigh Claridge, regional commercial manager at Certas Energy, said: “We were very excited by the opportunity to partner with Ipswich Town Football Club. Not only due to the heritage and stature of the Club, but because of its innovative and forward-thinking approach to improving air quality for staff and local communities alike.
“As the first carbon neutral football club in the UK - as well as its ‘green’ collaborations with the likes of E.ON, DEFRA and the University of East Anglia, Shell GTL Fuel is the ideal solution to support its future environmental initiatives.”