FEYENOORD LOOK TO FUTURE ENERGY NEUTRAL STADIUM

Feyenoord Football Club has unveiled plans for Europe’s most environmentally-friendly stadium to be built in Rotterdam.

Scientists and engineers from energy company Eneco believe ultra-modern techniques could achieve a CO2 emissions reduction of almost 60 per cent.

If wind energy can be generated the stadium, which will replace the historic De Kuip venue which hosted the Euro 2000 Final, could even become energy neutral.

The nearby Meuse river can contribute to cooling facilities while solar panel technology is improving all the time.

Stadium director Jan van Merwijk said: “Our new stadium should become one of the state-of –the-art stadiums in Europe.

"Not only will it have an important position with respect to capacity and prestige, but by utilising the possibilities for increased sustainability we also demonstrate our social commitment in cooperation with the surrounding area," he added.

The brand new stadium features predominantly in the Holland/Belgium bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup finals and will go ahead whatever the final decision in December later this year.

Club officials are planning a 100,000-plus capacity which would make the new stadium the largest in Europe.

Research into lighting, pitch construction, restaurants and fan zones compared the potential of the new Feyenoord home with data for the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Rens Knegt, director of Eneco Shared Energy Solutions, added: “Our research was deliberately not limited to the Netherlands.

"We have visited several stadiums in Europe to include as much experience as possible. This not only applies to the technology to be used, but also to the way in which all the parties involved cooperate."

England, Russia and Japan are competing with Holland/Belgium to win host rights in 2018.

Posted on 10/09/2010