Real Betis and GNK Dinamo Zagreb promote environmental sustainability in the world of football

GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Real Betis Balompié and Forever Green join forces to fight climate change ahead of the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 first leg match between both teams at the Benito Villamarín Stadium

Real Betis Balompié, through Forever Green, continues to fight against climate change, a work that has already become a part of the Club's identity and has placed the Green and white team as one of the most committed in Europe. In this way, the Club adds a new ally in its work for the planet: GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Once again, the Club takes advantage of its European event, in this case its debut in the UEFA Europa Conference League, to join the opposing team and raise awareness among its fans and the rest of the club about the importance of caring for the environment.

On Thursday morning, Real Betis received representatives of the Croatian team at the new Rafael Gordillo Sports City to show them these facilities that highlight the use of clean and renewable energy: aerothermal energy, natural ventilation and an irrigation system that allows the use of the water by having a large storage pond in the southern area of the enclosure. Furthermore, cork is used on the artificial grass fields to replace rubber, a polluting and non-recyclable material, thus putting Real Betis ahead of the European Union regulations that will come into force in 2030 and that will not allow the use of micro plastics. Likewise, only electric vehicles may be used inside the facility.

Subsequently, both clubs moved to the ecological garden that Real Betis and its Foundation have on the Bioalverde farm, a socio-labor insertion entity that promotes sustainable consumption. There, Rafael Gordillo, president of the Real Betis Balompié Foundation, the institution that manages the Forever Green program, and Ivan Kelava of the GNK Dinamo Zagreb symbolized this union by planting a tree and later building a shelter house for hedgehogs, animals that take care of the garden, by saving it from insect plagues.

During this action, the president of the Real Betis Foundation, Rafael Gordillo, stated that it is an honor for the Green and White Club to join forces with GNK Dinamo Zagreb. "It is very important that we take advantage of our European events to continue expanding Forever Green around the world and also to convey to our fans that we must set an example and leave every corner we visit free of waste during our visits to Europe."

"GNK Dinamo is very proud and delighted to participate in and support the Forever Green initiative. As a football club, we are constantly trying to raise awareness about social issues, environmental protection, and, of course, to set an example by acting ourselves in this field. We strive to be a catalyst for positive change by promoting social responsibility,  eco-friendly initiatives, encouraging sustainable practices, and engaging our community in efforts to safeguard the environment and create an equal and inclusive society. Therefore, it was an honor to accept your invitation, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to its cause and to exchange ideas and best practices", said Croatian team legend Ivan Kelava. 

Next week, during the trip to Zagreb, Real Betis Balompié will take Forever Green to Croatia with training talks on the environment for the students of the Cervantes Institute and the GNK Dinamo Zagreb under-17 team. In addition, Rafael Gordillo, president of the Foundation, and Croatian team legend Ivan Kelava will plant a tree at the Maksimir Stadium.

As was done during the preview of the match against Sparta Prague, volunteers from Real Betis Balompié will distribute bags so that the green and white fans concentrated around the city can collect waste and leave the Croatian streets clean.

Forever Green

Forever Green has now been working on the fight against climate change for more than two years, an effort that has turned the entity into one of the football clubs most committed to the environment in the world and the most sustainable team in LaLiga according to a study carried out by Holaluz. In addition, Brand Finance has recently placed Real Betis as the second most sustainable European club due to, among other initiatives, its Forever Green program.

Since the birth of Forever Green, 80 entities have joined the platform and 88 actions have been carried out, such as cleaning natural spaces, installing a fleet of scooters and electric bicycles for the Club's employees, in addition to promoting the use of the same by fans through discounts and recycling and awareness campaigns. Forever Green has become known worldwide, reaching 598 million people and reaching 75 countries.