Manchester United has become the first English football club to achieve the international Environmental Management System standard, ISO14001.

ISO14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems and is awarded to organisations that demonstrates not only a high level of environmental management and showcase an improvement of standards in order to retain their classification.

United Chief Operating Officer, Michael Bolingbroke, said: “We're delighted to have achieved this certification. Here at Manchester United we take environmental management very seriously and being certified to an international standard is testament to all the hard work across the club. It's a real boost to receive this recognition for the work we've been doing for many years.”

Former Manchester United Captain, Gary Neville, who recently took up the role of Environmental Ambassador for the club, said: “It's fantastic to see Manchester United has been recognised for its efforts in environmental management. I know the club is extremely committed to improving sustainability and this certification proves we’re heading in the right direction.”

Since the current Premier League champions ramped up their efforts to improve sustainability, Manchester United has achieved savings of more than £500,000.

In 2011, Manchester United achieved a Carbon Trust Standard and topped Government’s CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme league table.

The club is now taking the necessary steps to help become the first major stadium in the UK to hold three major sustainability standards: the Carbon Trust Standard; ISO14001 and ISO20121, the Sustainable Events Management standard.