The New York Red Bulls, the Major League Soccer (MLS) team, has announced an official partnership with Covanta Holding Corp., the Morristown, N.J.-based waste and energy company. Covanta will be the Official Energy Partner of the team and will provide renewable energy to power Red Bull Arena from its waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Newark, N.J.
“We are proud to be named the Official Energy Partner of the New York Red Bulls,” said Sami Kabbani, senior vice president of energy at Covanta, in a statement. “With less than two miles separating Covanta’s energy-from-waste facility in Newark, N.J., from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, the partnership takes advantage of locally produced renewable energy that directly benefits the surrounding community and also continues to keep trash out of landfills.”
By shifting to renewable energy from the Covanta WTE facility, the Red Bulls will save 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide that would have been created with fossil fuel-generated electricity. Additionally, those who visit Red Bull Arena will be able to learn about sustainable waste management through several displays and activities at the arena.
"Our club is thrilled to partner with Covanta, an environmentally conscious and socially aware company that also happens to be our neighbor here in northern New Jersey," said Marc de Grandpre, general manager of New York Red Bulls, in a statement. "With this partnership, Red Bull Arena will now be powered by 100 percent renewable energy."