FIFA aims to score green goals at 2018 World Cup

FIFA has become the first international sports organisation to join a United Nations (UN) climate change initiative. It has pledged to measure, reduce and compensate the greenhouse gas emissions related to the 2018 FIFA World Cup by joining ‘Climate Neutral Now’. The initiative, led by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), represents a […]

World Cup final to drive major power surge

Electricity demand in Britain is expected to soar during the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany this Sunday. The National Grid predicts usage to rise between 700MW and 900MW – equivalent to as many as 360,000 kettles being switched on during half-time and full-time. It found the British public’s continued interest in games involving […]

Blackouts nearly scupper World Cup for Pakistan fans

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England vs Uruguay match to kick off UK power surge

England’s first football match in the World Cup versus Uruguay is predicted to cause the biggest UK surge in power demand in the tournament’s group stage. National Grid forecasters said a surge in demand of around 1,300MW is expected at half time in England’s second match as people switch on kettles and lights. A smaller […]

World Cup sponsor aims for carbon neutral title

Chinese solar firm Yingli Green Energy claims it is on course to be the FIFA World Cup’s first ever carbon neutral sponsor. It plans to offset all carbon emissions from its promotional activities in Brazil including commercial displays, customer hospitality, media activities and employee travel and accommodation. Yingli has supplied more than 5,000 solar panels […]

Britain’s World Cup energy use – it’s a balancing act

When the glorious summer of football kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, all but a lucky few Brits will be watching the World Cup on the telly. What they might not realise is their viewing habits could make hefty demands on the electricity grid. Going on past experience of the Olympics and the Royal Wedding, […]

Brazil ticketholders told to counter their carbon

World Cup organisers have encouraged ticket holders to counter the carbon emissions from their journey to Brazil. They were asked to sign up to an official scheme offsetting emissions for free, no matter where in the world they are travelling from. All ticket holders with a valid FIFA.com Club account and a successful ticket request […]

Energy deal at heart of Qatar World Cup bid allegations

Allegations of corruption in Qatar’s successful World Cup bid centre around a multi-million dollar gas deal for Thailand. A report in The Times claimed Qatari businessman Mohamed Bin Hammam arranged for Worawi Makudi, a Thai FIFA official, to hold talks with Qatar on a natural gas sale “potentially worth millions of dollars to Thailand”. Qatar’s […]

Power cut hits ‘millions’ in northeast Brazil

A fire on a farm in Brazil triggered a power blackout in eight states in the north-eastern part of the country yesterday, reports claim. Two sets of transmission lines that provide power to the nation’s populous states – including Pernambuco, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí, Alagoas, Ceará, Paraíba, Sergipe – were damaged. That caused […]

Brazilian World Cup football stadium installs solar panels

Brazil has opened its first football stadium powered by solar energy in preparation for next year’s FIFA World Cup, reports claim. The Minerao Stadium (pictured), located in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte, was originally built in 1965 and has been fitted with a 1.4MW solar array on its rooftop. The project is said to […]