Decarbonization platform NZero quantified and independently validated the team and stadium’s energy and emissions data associated with Sunday’s global event.
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in history, football’s biggest game will be powered by 100% renewable, carbon-free energy (CFE), independently verified by real-time data and decarbonization platform NZero.
Through a series of partnerships, policies and programs designed to minimize their environmental footprint, the Las Vegas Raiders have been able to convert Allegiant Stadium, the host of this year’s Big Game, to 100% CFE. Allegiant Stadium is estimated to use 28 MWh of electricity to power this year’s championship game, which NZero determined to be equal to the power it would take for 46,052 households across the country to watch the four-hour contest. However, because the stadium is powered by 100% CFE, the game will have zero electricity-associated emissions.
The Las Vegas Raiders and Allegiant Stadium work with NZero to report and roadmap their ongoing net zero plans, which include validating the two organizations’ energy and emissions data and providing insights and analysis for their decarbonization efforts. Together, they are helping to create a new era of sustainability in sports—one where sustainability and business practices are not mutually exclusive.
“Football’s biggest game is one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the year, but we must consider the lasting impacts these celebrated moments have on the environment and communities—and all decarbonization journeys must start with continuous measurement, benchmarking and better data,” said Adam Kramer, CEO of NZero. “The sustainability ambitions of the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium leadership teams are commendable. We’re helping these organizations monitor their decarbonization plans on game days and off days, by the hour, and across Scopes, all to help them reach their goal of net zero. Hosting an event on our country’s largest stage powered by 100% CFE is a culmination of years’ worth of efforts, and we are proud to be their partner in this achievement.”
CFE doesn’t happen on its own, and at the center of this achievement is the 25-year energy supply agreement between the Raiders and NV Energy. Starting in October 2023, the agreement ensures a commitment to power Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ administrative facilities and the Henderson practice facility with 100% CFE, including energy from new, in-state solar power plants. Through this agreement, the Raiders are actively engaging in initiatives that advance the integration of clean and renewable energy into Nevada’s electric grid.
NZero tracks energy and emissions in real-time, allowing insights into emissions reduction efforts before and after the NV Energy agreement. Across all three Scopes1 for 2022, the Raiders organization saw a 15% reduction in carbon emissions for the year. Following the implementation of the NV Energy agreement in 2023, reductions increased to 30% for the full year. Looking ahead at 2024, assuming no change in Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions, the Raiders’ emissions are projected to reach a 68% reduction, a remarkable achievement in only two years – attributable to Allegiant Stadium being powered by renewable energy.
“This achievement marks a new era for sustainability in sports, but it would not be possible without a firm handle on our emissions and energy data alongside a decarbonization roadmap. Better, real-time data is helping us create a greener future for football on our home turf, while setting a new standard for other stadiums, venues and events on the world stage,” said Sandra Douglass Morgan, president of The Las Vegas Raiders. “Allegiant and our team are making a remarkable step forward, but sustainability is a team sport and has required the commitment and support of our partners, fans and the local community. We appreciate NZero’s crucial role as a trusted advisor as we seek to drive change that helps the planet and inspires other organizations.”
This year’s Big Game will also benefit from the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium’s waste diversion program (Scope 3 emissions), recognized by the Green Sports Alliance with their Play to Zero Award. NZero calculated that since 2022, waste diversion has avoided emissions equivalent to taking 75,777 cars off the road during game time on the big day.
In July of 2023, Allegiant Stadium was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, representing a significant achievement in green building design and environmental sustainability. The Las Vegas-based stadium isn’t just the greenest, but it’s the highest grossing in the country, showcasing the power of building sustainability into a larger business plan.
To learn more about NZero, please visit https://nzero.com/.
NZero is a real-time data and decarbonization platform for sustainability leaders in government and business that seek to measure, analyze, report and act on sustainability initiatives across all three scopes. Founded on the belief that the right data can free us to think and act boldly on climate, NZero has operationalized the highest level of data granularity to drive better forecasting and retrofitting of even the most complex decarbonization initiatives. Unlike other offerings that rely on third-party data and outdated utility averages, NZero’s data helps clients understand changes hour-by-hour, access metrics to reach climate goals and reduce operational and capital costs. NZero’s data is audit-ready and compliant with all reporting criteria, mitigating risk and ensuring that organizations are prepared for new rules, regulations, and financial reporting demands. In 2023, NZero was selected by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to help develop new Scope 2 reporting standards and is helping to lead CarbonCall.org in developing new carbon accounting standards. NZero has received national recognition as Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Honors (2022), TIME Magazine’s 200 Best Inventions in the Sustainability category (2022), and Small Business of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group (2023).
About Allegiant Stadium
Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and home to the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium is an award-winning global events destination. A state-of-the-art, multipurpose venue with a capacity of 65,000, Allegiant Stadium has hosted world-class music artists such as Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Taylor Swift and BTS with more legendary concerts to come. The fully enclosed stadium is also home to the UNLV Rebels football team and has hosted premier sporting events such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, Pac-12 Championship Game, Las Vegas Bowl, and WWE SummerSlam. The venue also hosted the NFL Pro Bowl in both 2022 and 2023, and has been selected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024. Allegiant Stadium is committed to giving back to the community through numerous diversity, inclusion, and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Allegiant Stadium is proud to be both LEED Gold certified and powered by 100% Nevada-sourced renewable energy, and is dedicated to implementing sustainable practices and programs. For more information on Allegiant Stadium, visit www.allegiantstadium.com or follow us at @allegiantstadm on X and @allegiantstadium on Instagram.
1 Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions. Scope 2 emissions refer to electricity. Scope 3 emissions refer to waste.