Commercial, Energy Storage, GHG Emissions - July 13, 2020
Amazon reveals groundbreaking net-zero venue, naming it Climate Pledge Arena
Amazon announced last month that they secured naming rights to Seattle’s new NHL arena and will be naming the complex Climate Pledge Arena in honor of their global initiative supporting net-zero businesses by 2040.
The 18,100-seat multi-purpose venue, which will be the home of NHL Seattle and WNBA's Seattle Storm, will be the first arena in the world pursuing net-zero certification and will have all-electric operations powered with 100% renewable electricity. The arena is planned to source its clean energy from on-site solar panels and off-site renewable energy.
Additionally, all events at the arena, including sports, live music and community events, will be made fully net-zero carbon through investments in forestry projects under partnerships with organizations like The Nature Conservancy. The arena intends to measure and publicly disclose the carbon emissions and sustainability performance of the arena and all events.
“There is no question that the state of our planet is a critical issue for all of us,” Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, an investor in the arena, said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to future generations to try to leave them with a better world. We love that Amazon is using its naming rights for a cause we care deeply about—this partnership is a visionary step for the facilities business and sport and music industries. Our goal is to be the most progressive, responsible, and sustainable venue in the world. It is not just about one arena—it’s a platform for us to step up and heal our planet.”