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#SBS24 Preview: Udinese, Bluenergy & the ‘net zero’ stadium

With sustainability one of core themes for the Summit, #SBS24 will highlight several key initiatives across the sector as we move to carbon-neutral, energy-efficient operations.

As such, we are excited to welcome back Magda Pozzo, (centre) Marketing Strategic Coordinator for Udinese Calcio who will be joined by Alberta Gervasio, (left) Chief Executive Officer and Davide Villa, (right) General Director of Bluenergy, in a special showcase of the club’s latest sustainability initiative.

Bluenergy Group, an Italian utilities firm, acquired naming rights to Udinese’s stadium last September. The five-year deal officially rebranded the venue as Bluenergy Stadium.

As reported on TheStadiumBusiness.com, Udinese and Bluenergy Group has since announced the start of construction on a photovoltaic system on the roof of the Serie A club’s home. The new project will see over 2,400 solar panels fitted. The panels will help produce around 3,000 kWh/day, enabling the stadium to become partially self-sufficient.

Bluenergy Group is developing the photovoltaic system with support of energy advisors from the Polytechnic University of Milan. The collaboration is focused on identifying suitable technology for the project, a technical assessment of the system with a view to self-consumption, and analysis of the possibility of adopting other technologies and models to aid the energy transition.

For Udinese, embracing PVs with a key stadium partner is an ideal match. The project will save approximately 450 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions  – the equivalent to planting 700 trees (or the same as the monthly emissions produced by 3,000 cars).

Many stadiums and arenas now incorporate PV installations – a natural fit to the giant, static roof structures. We’ll explore how Photovoltaic technologies have evolved over the past two decades since the first stadium installations – and how newer, lighter PV panels can be readily adapted for retro-fitting. Our speakers will share not only the club’s perspective on the saving and benefits of the project – but also the technological developments that await the next generation of stadiums as they seek ‘carbon neutrality’.


Join Magda, Alberta and Davide – and hundreds of venue owners, operators and executives – as we explore the future of our sector at #SBS24 on 18-19 June at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.