Case Study

Aviva: A National Stadium to be proud of

Who’s doing it?

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is shaping as a world leader in its approach to sustainability.

What are they doing?

As the only stadium in the world located in a biosphere, the venue has clear responsibilities to its surroundings and community.

Key elements

Since opening in 2010, there has been a focus on building social and economic value through its events and activity. Examples include:

• Annual ‘Community Fund’ of €105,000 (over €1,000,000 for local projects)
• Paid casual employment of 600 stadium stewards (40% living near stadium)
• Robust supply chain – products sourced locally wherever possible

Aviva Stadium has also worked to reduce its negative environmental impacts and increase the positive:

• Venue powered by 100% renewable electricity
• Accredited energy and event management systems
• Energy optimisation (heating, ventilation, under-pitch warming etc)
• Water stewardship (waterless urinals, ‘roof to pitch’ rainwater harvesting etc)
• Key biodiversity projects (otter holts, bat friendly lighting and bird boxes etc)

Aviva Stadium is one of only two Irish entities (other being Munster Rugby) committed to the UN’s Sport for Climate Action ‘Race to Zero’ targets.

To help meet immediate and long-term reductions, the stadium is building a full carbon inventory to understand its CHG emissions.

Why is this important?

Aidan Byrne, Sustainability & Utilities Manager at the Aviva Stadium, points to the value of this comprehensive approach.

“We are passionate about creating positive impact – social, economic and environmental.”

“Through our actions, platform and partnerships, we hope we can also inspire people to think sustainably and make better choices.”

“Together we can make a real difference.”

Want to know more?

Learn more about the Aviva Stadium’s integrated approach to sustainability here.

For help on starting your own sustainability journey, get in touch with us at

Aviva Stadium Sustainabnility Case Study Impact 3 Zero Sustainability in Sport agency