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OVO Wembley Arena achieves A Greener Arena Certification.

A Greener Festival (AGF) are delighted to announce that the OVO Wembley Arena has achieved “A Greener Arena” certification.

The OVO Wembley Arena is the oldest arena in the UK, and in 2022 welcomed over 1 million visitors through its doors.

The team at OVO Arena Wembley have shown great determination to be a forerunner in making their venue sustainable, and helping all touring productions in the UK to become greener as a result. In addition to their own ambitions they are actively sharing with the rest of the industry to speed up the transition from fossil fuels and waste to clean energy and a circular economy.

It was also announced earlier this year that ASM Global’s entire portfolio of UK operated venues will undergo certification as part of a long-term strategy and pledge towards greener operations. ASM Global’s portfolio of venues in the UK includes OVO Arena Wembley, AO Arena Manchester, First Direct Arena Leeds, Utilita Arena Newcastle, P&J Live Aberdeen and Olympia London.

Chris Bray, EVP of Europe at ASM Global said,

“On behalf of the ASM Global team, a huge congratulations to everyone at the OVO Arena Wembley on completing AGF’s Greener Arena certification. It’s a fantastic achievement and a positive step in the right direction, as ASM Global works towards its long-term sustainability goals. As a company, we are passionate about driving forward a greener future for the live events industry, and with the support of AGF, we’re able to continually learn, develop and innovate in this space. OVO Arena Wembley is the first of many ASM Global venues to undergo this process, with our entire UK portfolio soon to be following suit, backed by the company’s social responsibility platform ASM Global Acts.”

John Drury, VP & General Manager, OVO Arena Wembley said, “We are incredibly proud to be recognised as a Greener Arena in 2022, even more so to be the longest-standing arena in the UK to achieve this certification. This shows that reinvention of existing buildings and a focus on sustainability lowers impact dramatically while also paying back the embodied carbon in its build emissions. Sustainability is at the heart of our operations and we’re on a journey that we’re sharing with visiting productions, artists and promoters, to ensure our environmental practices align. This enables us to work together to put on shows in a greener way, as should be the industry standard now and even more so in future as we learn and evolve.