Bohemian Football Club has taken two significant actions in the fight against climate change.

Firstly by signing up, through our Climate Justice Officer, to the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework.

Secondly, by today announcing MG Motor Ireland as our Official Vehicle Partner for 2021.

The club becomes the first Irish signatory to the UN framework, and joins major clubs, organisations and governing bodies including Arsenal, LA Galaxy, UEFA, World Rugby, the English and German FAs, the International Olympic Committee, Formula 1, and BBC Sport.

The Sports for Climate Action Framework calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports industry to climate change and our collective responsibility to move towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.

Becoming a signatory, Bohemian FC has demonstrated our commitment to playing our part to ensure we are on the path to a low-carbon future.

In line with the five core principles enshrined in the framework and the aims of the Paris Agreement, signatories commit to:

  1. Promote greater environmental responsibility
  2. Reduce the overall climate impact from sports
  3. Use their platforms to educate for climate action
  4. Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
  5. Advocate for climate action through communications

Bohemian FC, in support of several of the above core principles, is proud to announce MG Motor Ireland as our new official vehicle partner, which will see club players and manager Keith Long drive 100% electric vehicles in 2021.

Our recent appointment of Seán McCabe as Club Climate Justice Officer demonstrated our commitment to understand and reduce our impact on the environment.

By partnering with MG Motor Ireland, through fully electric vehicles and the installation of charge points for club staff at Dalymount Park, we are taking immediate positive action.

Gerard Rice, Managing Director of MG Motor Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to partner with Bohemian FC as another important step in the launch of MG Motor into the Irish market with a range of affordable electric vehicles to suit everyone. There are great synergies between both brands as we look to a bright future, both on and off the pitch.”

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sector Engagement Lead, UN Climate Change, said:

“We are pleased to welcome Bohemian FC as a signatory to the Sports for Climate Action Framework and look forward to working together to deliver and inspire climate action.

“As a fan-owned club, it will be exciting to see what is possible when people work together – and it is this collective spirit that we need to harness if we are to create a climate-safe future.”

Dan Lambert, Bohemian FC COO, added:

“It is brilliant to announce these two positive steps today – our signing of the UN Sport for Climate Action Framework and our commercial partnership with MG Motor. There is a great fit between Bohemian FC and MG with aligned values and ethos.

“To now have Keith Long and first team players in full electric vehicles is another key step in combating our impact on the environment and living up to our commitments under the framework.

“We would encourage all fans of the club moving to electric vehicles to explore MG as a key club partner. Looking to our future beyond Covid-19, it is clear that the climate needs to be at the forefront of all our minds to ensure future generations can live safely.”

Seán McCabe, Bohemian FC Climate Justice Officer, concluded:

“We want to play our part and minimise the environmental impact of the club. To do this, we are working towards improving efficiency and sustainability across the club at all levels.

“However, we recognise the challenge of tackling climate change is enormous and requires everyone. We hope our commitment will inspire our fans, other sports clubs on the island, and the wider community and government to continue to raise their climate ambition as part of the global effort to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

“If we fail to do so, the result will significantly worsen the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people around the world, including many here in Ireland.”

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