Lord’s has become the first cricket ground in the country to run on 100% renewable energy. The announcement comes as new figures reveal the increasing disruption to cricket caused by extreme weather patterns linked to climate change.
Statistics released by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), owners of Lord’s, reveal that extreme weather in December 2015 caused more than £3.5m worth of damage across 57 cricket clubs.
Increased rainfall is also causing significant loss of fixtures in recreational cricket and having an impact on the professional game.
Two of the affected clubs, Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire and Appleby Eden in Cumbria, are yet to return to their home grounds due to the extent of the damage suffered in 2015.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) distributed more than £1m in emergency funding to flood-affected clubs in 2016, with a further £1.6m earmarked for 2017.
‘It is important that all organisations embrace sustainability and I’m very pleased that Lord’s has become the first cricket ground in the country to run on 100% renewable energy. The statistics released today illustrate the effect that changing weather patterns can have on cricket, and the ECB deserve a lot of praise for the support they give clubs across the country that are so badly affected by extreme weather.’
MCC’s chief executive
History of Lord’s
The current Lord’s Cricket Ground is its third incarnation and 2014 marked its 200th anniversary. The first ever match played at ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground’ came in 1787 when businessman Thomas Lord staged a game between Middlesex and Essex at a newly built ground in what was then known as Dorset Fields.
By 1811, MCC had moved to a new ground on the Eyre Estate in St John’s Wood. This ground proved less popular but when plans emerged for the Regent’s Canal to be built straight through it, Thomas Lord gratefully accepted compensation and moved the ground to its current location in 1814.
Since then MCC has developed a broad sustainability programme for Lord’s, and was last year able to meet its 2020 emissions targets.
The new Warner Stand, which will be opened in April 2017, has an innovative structure that reflects MCC’s sustainability drive. Designed by architects Populous, it includes photovoltaic roof panels for generating electricity and a state-of-the-art water collection and recycling system.