New England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statistics illustrate that extreme weather in December 2015, which has been linked to climate change, caused more than GB£3.5m-worth of damage across 57 cricket clubs. Increased rainfall is also causing significant loss of fixtures in recreational cricket and impacting on the professional game. The ECB distributed more than GB£1m in emergency funding to flood-affected clubs in 2016, with a further GB£1.6m earmarked for 2017.
The new Warner Stand, which will be opened in April 2017, is symbolic of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) – the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s and the guardian of the Laws of the Game – sustainability drive. The innovative structure, designed by world-renowned architecture practice Populous, includes photovoltaic roof panels for electricity generation and a state-of-the-art water collection and recycling system.
The MCC has developed a broad sustainability programme, meeting its 2020 emissions targets last year and reducing its electricity use by 7% since 2010.