How we love our friends at E.ON

Last updated : 03 March 2008 By Paul Lagan
We at Chelsea-Mad would never stoop so low as to cut and paste a press release from them in a cynical attempt to get some free travel.
However if they are reading this and are happy with how we are promoting their wonderful service and fantastic offers, do drop me a line at and let's see what you can offer our visitors.
So, on to the fantastic message from our brilliant friends E.ON.
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Portsmouth and England goalkeeper, David James, showed his support today for an initiative by FA Cup Sponsor E.ON, one of the UK's leading energy suppliers, which offers free coach travel for football fans heading to 6th Round matches.

Run in conjunction with National Express, the offer forms part of E.ON's campaign to reduce the environmental impact of The FA Cup. By logging onto, fans can reduce their own carbon footprint by registering for a free place on the special coach service. Fans who travel to matches together in a coach, rather than driving in a car, can make a significant difference to the competition's carbon emissions.

First launched ahead of the Third Round in January, the free coach travel has proved a huge success with over 1400 away fans pledging to leave their car at home and travel by coach to FA Cup fixtures around the country. By swapping their cars for coach travel, fans have so far saved over 67 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of powering 260,000 televisions to watch a football match.

With fans expected to clock up close to 1617 miles travelling to games at the Sixth Round, E.ON will provide the free coach travel for away fans at each of the four fixtures. And with Chelsea fans facing a 376 mile round trip to Oakwell, James was on hand to encourage all travelling fans to take up the offer.

David James said: "E.ON's offer of free coach travel for all away fans is a great way of showing fans that they can play a part in reducing the environmental impact of The FA Cup. Encouraging fans to get together to travel to matches is a very simple way that they can make a significant difference. It's a great offer and it's got my full support. I'd urge fans to book their seats now."

Going by coach is the most environmentally friendly form of transport, emitting just 29g of CO2 on a per passenger per kilometre basis (gCO2/ compared to trains and cars. If just one coach is filled with fans going to every game rather than travelling by car, over 12 tonnes of CO2 would be saved, the equivalent of powering two houses for the football season.1

Mike Thompson, Head of Sponsorship & Events at E.ON said: "Following on from the great success of previous rounds, we're delighted to be able to offer free coach travel for fans heading to games in the Sixth Round. With thousands of fans travelling to FA Cup games every round, it is no surprise that it's one of the major contributors to the environmental impact on the competition. By providing free coaches to away games this round and for every round until The Final, we hope that fans will travel to the game together rather than by car and reduce their carbon footprint. The initiative with National Express is a great way of communicating some of the easy steps fans can take to help reduce the carbon footprint of this season's FA Cup."

Paul Bunting, Chief Executive, National Express, added: "We are delighted to be working with E.ON to make it easier for football fans to reduce their carbon footprint when travelling to support their team during The FA Cup. In 2006 nearly 300,000 tonnes of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere by people using the National Express instead of the car, and this brilliant campaign will help people understand that changing travel habits from cars to public transport is the single best way they can help the environment".

The free coach travel offer forms part of E.ON's campaign, which aims to offset the 45,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide produced by The FA Cup. Carbon emissions are calculated for every match in every round of The FA Cup (including replays) and include the operational emissions from all participating clubs, the television emissions from viewers watching matches at home and the travel emissions produced by home and away fans.

By logging onto, football fans can also find out about car sharing schemes in their area and choose from over 30 different energy saving pledges, such as fitting energy efficient light bulbs, walking to a game or watching the match together at a pub with friends. So far this season, over 40,000 pledges have been made by football fans.

The campaign follows the success of 'Save your energy for The Blues' an initiative run by E.ON in conjunction with Ipswich Town Football Club last season, which saw fans make over 14,000 carbon saving pledges to make the Blues the country's first ever carbon neutral football club.

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