Munster Rugby has signed a new ten-year partnership deal with Pinergy which represents a long-term commitment to Munster Rugby’s sustainability strategy.

Already supplying 100% renewable energy to Munster’s Thomond Park and Musgrave Park, Pinergy will now fund a 10-year partnership to install a 400 kw peak Solar installation at Cork’s Musgrave Park.

Following this announcement, Munster Rugby will now seek planning permission for the project.

In November, Munster Rugby – having taken steps to reduce carbon emissions since 2008 – signalled their ambition to become one of the most sustainable clubs in world rugby by becoming one of a number of signatories to the Sports for Climate Action Framework (SC4A), run by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

It has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2040 and will work closely with Pinergy over the next 10 years to achieve these goals.  Pinergy will serve as a lead partner to Munster Rugby in the development and implementation of its sustainability policy.

Pinergy has supported Munster since 2014 providing the province not just with renewable energy as the Province’s Official Energy Partner, but with accompanying tools to optimise their energy use and reduce waste.

Pinergy is also a sponsor of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir as well as being the title sponsor of the Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup.

“We are extremely proud to continue our support of Munster Rugby and to support the club in its tremendous ambition to become one of the most sustainable brands in world rugby.,” said Pinergy CEO Enda Gunnell.

“We are delighted to be able to work with Munster to showcase how our commitment to renewable energy with insight not only provides our customers with 100% per cent green energy but also provides them with analytic tools to optimise their energy use and reduce waste.”

“At Munster Rugby, we are committed to a more sustainable future and are conscious of our contribution to community life in Munster including, the importance of sustainability to our collective future well-being,” added Munster CEO Ian Flanagan.

“This Solar PV project partnership with Pinergy is a significant milestone on our sustainability journey.”

“A key element of Munster Rugby is the contribution we strive to make to community life, not just on the pitch, but away from the field of play.,” said former Munster and Ireland International and Munster and Ireland Assistant Coach, Niamh Briggs.

“Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society as a whole. It is brilliant for Munster Rugby to be able to lead the way on this really important issue and to partner with Pinergy, benefiting from both their experience off the field of play as we chase our climate action goals and from their support on the field of play with their long-standing support for the club.”

In tomorrow’s AM Bulletin we will have an interview with Niamh Briggs on joining Ireland and how she felt about the public issues surrounding the Women’s game.

 

Sport for Business Perspective

Sustainability is the story of our times and sport is the most accessible way to get important messages across to people about what they can do in everyday settings to help save the planet for future generations.  Munster has been to the fore and this is an area where we will be making a special announcement in the coming weeks.