Aviva Stadium, the new home for Ireland's national rugby and football team will open in Dublin in May 2010 with the latest environmental certificate.

The stadium will be the first venue in Ireland to be BS8901-certified. Many major clients such as the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and the Greater London Authority are seeking to gain the new accreditation.

The new BS8901 certificate dictates strict rules over using environmentally friendly and recyclable materials in stadium construction and management. It has been designed to help those who deliver events to rethink their practices and to create a more sustainable way of doing things.

Aviva Stadium is built from cement recycled from the former Lansdown Road Stadium and will use recycled stationary and rainwater to help limit the environmental impact. The stadium will also use electronic communication rather than print and use local food suppliers for catering and biodegradable food packaging.

Sales and Marketing Manager, Cailin Keaney said: "As opposed to carbon-offsetting, we are encouraging guests to minimise their waste. For all events held at Aviva Stadium, we will be able to advise clients on the sustainability of their event through an online tool."

Keaney believes that the BS8901 certification would enhance Aviva Stadium's appeal to large companies and said: "Lots of multi-national companies have strong CSR requirements of venues and our venue will be able to tick all the boxes."

Posted on 07/12/2009