Co-op Live includes:

  • Locally sourced construction materials and food
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Zero waste direct to landfill 
  • A football pitch of solar panels
  • Toilets that flush with rainwater
  • Intelligent building controls 
  • Increased biodiversity by planting trees and wildflowers around the arena’s perimeter and along our newly opened walking route. 
  • Reuseable cups
  • Sustainable travel options


Powered by Nature

Co-op Live is powered 100% by electricity. We are proud that the day to day running of the venue uses only renewable electricity, from on-site solar panels topped up by renewable sources. By not having any gas on site, we can power, heat and cool the venue with zero carbon emissions. 

Local materials

Co-op Live has been built using local suppliers to keep transport miles to a minimum. Our façade is from Salford, our steel from Bolton and the seats you sit on are made in Britain. 

Resident superfans

With our smart building technology, our green ventilation and air filtration systems will keep the air fresh and clean as part of our commitment to guest wellbeing, intelligent building controls and low carbon technologies. 

Harvesting the rain

In Manchester, we do rain well. That’s why we are harvesting our rain and re-using it to flush our loos and water our plants. 

Shine a light

We are installing 100% LED lights to ensure we are as efficient as possible with all our lighting.

Plant Power

We are planting a new ‘biodiversity ring’ around Co-op Live. This will include over 2,700m² of plants to promote diverse vegetation and create a habitat for local wildlife. The ring will include a variety of trees, shrubs and wildflowers to enhance local biodiversity and create a living green wall to attract pollinators, birds and endangered bees.

Sustainable travel

We can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of Co-op Live with your help. By travelling to the venue by public transport e.g. walk, cycle, scoot, tram our fans will leave no carbon footprint.

We are working closely with Manchester City Council and City Football Group to regenerate the walking route from the city centre to the arena. For more information click here.

Local food sourcing

We are sourcing our food and produce from local suppliers (within 50 miles of Co-op Live) to support their businesses and reduce transport miles for the planet. 

Plant based choices

We will provide plant-based food options at all of our food outlets, giving our fans the choice. With your help we can reduce our carbon footprint.  

Reducing plastic

Co-op Live is reducing plastic where it can. We will have no single use plastic drinks bottles on site and no plastic around fan merchandise. 

Reusable plates, cutlery and cups

In hospitality areas we will be serving all food on washable platters and plates, enabling repeat use and reducing waste. We are also serving all our fans their beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks from re-useable pint and wine glasses and flutes to avoid plastic waste. Doing more to use less one cup at a time. 

Waste not want not

We’re aiming to avoid food waste but where this isn’t possible, we are working with local food donation programmes to make sure that no edible surplus food goes to waste. We will also have food waste bins across the site for vegetable peelings etc. This waste will help create compost and green power via Anaerobic digestion. 

Zero waste direct to landfill

What’s more, we’re aiming for zero waste direct to landfill and zero food waste to landfill through our recycled packaging and refill solutions, including free water refill stations throughout the building. 

Biological cleaning

By sourcing plant powered, organic cleaning solutions in 100% recycled bottles and pods that are diluted, we are lowering transportation miles as well as waste and further reducing our impact on the environment.