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NHL to reduce environmental impact of ice rinks

The NHL is taking another step to reduce the environmental impact of the sport by signing a multiyear partnership with chemical company Chemours that will provide sustainable refrigerants to local rinks across North America.


As part of the arrangement, Chemours will work with the league and community rink owners and operators to identify cost-effective and sustainable refrigerant alternatives — a crucial component of maintaining ice sheets — that also meet increased environmental regulations.

Staples Center already uses a new environmentally friendly water and ice system.
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The NHL’s Greener Rinks initiative measures and evaluates the environmental impact of approximately 4,800 indoor ice rinks across North America. It is a key tenet of both the NHL’s Declaration of Principles pledge it made in 2017 to improve the hockey experience across the sport and its NHL Green efforts that began in 2010. 

In addition, last week, AEG, the parent company of the Los Angeles Kings, formed a joint venture with BlueEco Technology Group around a new water and ice development system for stadiums and arenas. Already in use at Staples Center, BlueEco LCT extracts moisture and cleans the air producing pure water, helping to reduce energy costs and lessen the reliance on municipal water systems to create and maintain the ice.

Since debuting last year at Staples Center, the technology has saved more than 500,000 gallons of water and allowed the arena to keep temperatures warm while still maintaining ice quality, thus resulting in a more pleasurable experience for fans. AEG Sports COO Kelly Cheeseman noted that players have found the ice quality to be better as well.