MILLENNIUM STADIUM SUPPORTS EARTH HOUR

The Millennium Stadium will join iconic landmarks all over the country by switching off its lights to support WWF's Earth Hour today at 8.30pm.

The multi-event venue will join Nelson's Column, Houses of Parliament and EDF Energy London Eye in London and millions of people turning off non-essential lights for 60 minutes to demonstrate their support for action against climate change. The sustainable event stadium stepped up its commitment to sustainable development to achieve the British Standard (BS8901) ahead of any other UK stadia in 2011.

Facilities manager Darren Crossman is happy to support the initiative: "The Millennium Stadium is very proud to be taking part in WWF's Earth Hour and spreading the message about how what we do to our planet today, affects the communities and places of tomorrow. We take environmental issues very seriously at the stadium and we would encourage all our member rugby clubs, fans and the people of Wales to take part in switching their lights off for just one hour in a demonstration for action on climate change."

The venue's green credentials already include recycling water, root zone and soil via the stadium's unique palletised pitch system and more recent development such as the installation of LED lighting and lighting controls to reduce energy usage. The venue has also implemented variousoperational initiatives such as the promotion of public transport on event day and the Community Events initiative which allows 15 local charitable and community organisations to use the venue free of hire charge.

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust has distributed £10million to community and charitable groups in Wales while the stadium's major events have attracted more than one billion pounds into the south east Wales economy.

For further information on Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.wwf.org.uk

Posted on 31/03/2012