France’s PSG wants to ‘lead by example’ in protecting the environment

The mega-project to create a new 74-hectare Paris Saint-Germain training centre by 2022 is part of an eco-responsible approach aimed at protecting plants, soil and biodiversity to preserve the existing site's natural environment, as best as possible. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Paris Saint-Germain’s new training centre will be inaugurated in 2022. According to the club, the training grounds will be designed in such a way that PSG will be able to lead by example when it comes to protecting the environment. EURACTIV France reports.

Last September, Paris Saint-Germain invited a few dozen children to pick pears in the orchards of the club’s future training site, located in Poissy, thirty kilometres west of Paris. The club intends to convert these orchards so that they are entirely organic.

The club’s objective is to set in motion an organic fruit production intended to be “consumed on-site by the club’s players and staff while also being offered to schools and associations in the region,” explained  Jamal Riffi, PSG’s real estate director.

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The problem of protecting biodiversity

The mega-project to create a new 74-hectare Paris Saint-Germain training centre by 2022 is part of an eco-responsible approach aimed at protecting plants, soil and biodiversity to preserve the existing site’s natural environment as much as possible.

With 17 football fields, as well as a small stadium with a capacity of 5,000, “the building’s ground surface will represent less than 10% of the total land surface area”, said Jamal Riffi. Because it has been designed like a park, the training centre is, therefore, capable of blending in with the landscape of the Seine hills.

This concern for environmental protection will continue during the construction phase, planned to start in 2020. Construction will be carried out with the introduction of a worksite charter with a low environmental impact, notably setting targets for reducing pollution and recycling waste.

Resources preserved

Once the training centre is open, waste management should be carried out entirely on-site.

Similarly, 90% of the annual water needs of the centre and stadium will be covered by rainwater. A water recovery system will be placed on the roofs of buildings, while water on the football fields will be drained and recuperated in underground stormwater basins. The recuperated water will ensure the football pitches are watered over a period of several weeks.

Hydro-economical equipment, as well as a system monitoring consumption, will also be implemented to save drinking water. Besides, the project’s energy performance will also be optimised to limit primary energy consumption and greenhouse gas production.

To do this, the club’s managers have the choice of a bioclimatic building design approach. This includes promoting energy savings and reducing heating and cooling costs, with shading areas in outdoor areas in the summer, the use of materials to promote indoor air quality and the optimisation of natural and artificial lighting for indoor rooms.

For the football industry, which is used to seeing big engines and private jets, moderating carbon emissions that come from buildings appears to be a good first step.

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[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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