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Town Ground Staff to Use Cleaner Fuel
Friday, 21st Jun 2019 14:53

Town are seeking to improve the air quality at Portman Road and at their Playford Road training ground by using Shell GTL (gas to liquids) in their mowers and tractors rather than diesel.

“We believe that the club - and our neighbours - will benefit from adopting an odourless fuel with lower emissions that can reduce noise levels in engines,” Town’s head groundsman, Ben Connell, whoseTurf Journal can be found here, told the club site.

“The ground staff work with machinery all day and we were conscious of how regular diesel emissions may have been affecting their health and wellbeing.

“Furthermore, the training ground is surrounded by a number of residential properties and we felt a responsibility to minimise the environmental impact on the local community. Shell GTL fuel was an ideal solution.

“I think the highest praise we can give Shell GTL fuel is that we haven’t noticed it at all. It’s been business as usual since we made the switch from diesel: no operational issues, no teething problems - completely seamless.”

Nitrogen oxide levels have been shown to be reduced by up to 37 per cent and particulate matter emissions by up to 90 per cent - both of which are released by diesel combustion engines impacting human health - by using Shell GTL, which is also free of unwanted components such as sulphur, metals and aromatics.

Leigh Claridge, regional commercial manager at Certas Energy, said: “We were very excited by the opportunity to partner with Ipswich Town Football Club.

"Not only due to the heritage and stature of the club, but because of its innovative and forward-thinking approach to improving air quality for staff and local communities alike. 

“As the first carbon neutral football club in the UK - as well as its ‘green’ collaborations with the likes of E.ON, DEFRA and the University of East Anglia - Shell GTL fuel is the ideal solution to support its future environmental initiatives.”

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wkj added 15:04 - Jun 21
The only kind of green I shall allow TWTD to be championing

wkj added 15:05 - Jun 21
ITFC even*

Furrow added 15:14 - Jun 21
Pity they show them with an unleaded petrol mower then

midastouch added 15:53 - Jun 21
Have we got that lawnmower on a permanent contract or is it on loan?

ArnieM added 16:25 - Jun 21
......any chance the Club will be using a lead free blue paint on the turnstiles, and gates outside the ground. It’s looking VERY shabby now, Mr Evans!

Alan_Handsome added 16:46 - Jun 21
MIDASTOUCH - it's not permanent, we've just taken it on lawn.

happybeingblue added 16:51 - Jun 21
agree about that arniem maybe some may think its a little trivial in the grand scheme of things but the state of the paintwork along portman rd, so cobbold stand entrance turnstiles gates etc looks terrible, i dont normally sit in that stand as i find it a bit cramped but it is a bit embarrassing to see it like that especially with sir bobby and sir alf statues so close by

Northstandveteran added 16:51 - Jun 21
Why does everyone in Norfolk own an electric lawn mower?

So they can find their way back to their house....

Kentish_Tractor added 18:17 - Jun 21
Does that mean we have to change our nickname to the 'Eco-Friendly Tractor Boys' ?

TractorRoyNo1 added 18:19 - Jun 21
I other news "cat stuck up a tree"

runningout added 19:24 - Jun 21
all very clean and morally good. Now for a ethical shirt sponsor soonest

cat added 19:51 - Jun 21
Knowing our rather shady and penny pinching chairman it’s more likely to be ‘red diesel’

WeWereZombies added 22:21 - Jun 21
I think the aim to be carbon neutral goes back to when Sheepshanks was in charge, at least Evans has not scuppered that...

TractorRoyNo1 added 16:16 - Jun 22
if they were serious they would cover the stand roofs with solar panels

TractorRoyNo1 added 16:16 - Jun 22
if they were serious they would cover the stand roofs with solar panels

ITFCsince73 added 20:52 - Jun 22
I expected us to go green.....but clean air.

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