This weekend sees the 2010 AFL Grand Final being played between Collingwood and St Kilda at the iconic MCG – not in itself a very greent event normally – but this year is different! This year, for the first time in the history of the AFL, the AFL Grand Final will be powered by 100% Green Power from Origin Energy. It seems the AFL is keen to change its colours – briefly – for the good of the planet.

“The 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final will reach more than three million people. By using 100 per cent Origin GreenPower at the MCG on September 25, the AFL can help educate the community about the simple ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. In addition to encouraging supporters to show their team colours during finals, we’ll be asking supporters to go green,” said Andrew Demetriou, AFL Chief Executive Officer.

I’ve learnt about the environmental impact of our energy use and the easy ways we can reduce it, which is why I’m a proud 100% Origin GreenPower customer. Having one of the biggest sporting events of the year powered by 100% Origin GreenPower is a fantastic way to educate players and supporters about how they can make a difference. I’m excited to be involved in this unique program.”

Nick Rienwoldt, St Kilda Captain

Origin’s contribution of GreenPower will lessen the greenhouse gas emissions produced during the finals by nearly 270 tonnes. That’s equivalent to approximately 350 average Australian homes not using any electricity for an entire month! To do that Origin is matching into the grid 100% of the estimated amount of energy used on the day with electricity from GreenPower sources.

On top of that, 25% of the estimated energy used at the other eight Toyota AFL Finals Series games has also been matched into the grid, from accredited GreenPower sources, to help reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s favourite game that little bit more.

“Choosing accredited GreenPower instead of standard electricity is an easy way to reduce the environmental impact of energy use. By powering one of the biggest sporting events on the Australian calendar, we’re going to reduce the carbon footprint of Australia’s favourite game by nearly 270 tonnes”, Phil Craig, Origin General Manager Retail said.

To shout the message a little more, an “Origin Green Room” has been set up at Federation Square throughout Grand Final Week. Touted to be an exciting hub of activity where footy fans can meet their favourite players, have autographs signed and photos taken, the Green Room is also aimed at highlighting just how easy it is to help reduce Australia’s carbon footprint by making green electricity choices and reducing energy usage.


Source: Green Times

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