FIFA is set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the World Cup in Brazil next year.
The Secretary General of the international football federation in Switzerland said the World Cup and the warm-up Confederations Cup are expected to generate just over 2.7 million tonnes of carbon equivalent in total, with transportation alone – including both international and local – accounting for 80.1% of the carbon footprint.
Jerome Valcke said FIFA and the local organising committee (LOC) “will compensate for their emissions through verified carbon offsetting projects and also encourage stakeholders to lower their carbon footprint”.
The news follows ELN’s report earlier this year that Brazil opened its first football stadium powered by solar energy in preparation for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
In an effort to improve the sustainability of the World Cup arenas, FIFA and the LOC have launched the first training course for all 12 stadium operators. Mr Valcke said the objective is to “strengthen the participants’ knowledge of sustainable operations at football stadiums and other sports facilities”.
Last month the UK’s Carbon Trust announced it is set to help Brazil manage its power grid during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.