World Cup 2014 Going Green

Now that the EURO 2012 (the world’s 2nd largest soccer tournament which Spain won on July 1st) is finished, FIFA, worldwide soccer’s governing body will be focusing on World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

And there is good news for sustainability.

Last week, FIFA announced that it will spend $20 million to make the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the first with a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

It will include “green” stadiums, waste management, community support, reducing and offsetting carbon emissions, renewable energy, climate change and capacity development, according to FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which will develop the sustainability strategy over the next two years.

FIFA’s access to the Brazilian Development Bank’s line of credit — FIFA’s funding source for World Cup stadiums — is conditional on a sustainable construction certification standard, Luis Fernandes, executive secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Sport, said.

FIFA says the strategy will build on environmental programs at FIFA tournaments since 2005, international standards such as ISO 26000 and the Global Reporting Initiative, and on the Brazilian government’s development policies.

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa featured the Nelson Mandela Stadium, designed and built using sustainable materials such as fiberglass and reinforced concrete. The stadium itself was powered entirely by a nearby wind farm. Still, the 2010 World Cup’s total carbon footprint came to 2,753,250 tons of CO2 equivalent, according to a recent study by Ernst & Young, an eight-fold increase over the previous World Cup in Germany.

For 2014, FIFA and the LOC will also jointly produce a comprehensive sustainability report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative.

Source: Environmental Leader

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