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 […]

Barmy March snow cuts power to 40,000 Irish homes

Barmy March weather in Northern Ireland has led to power cuts for around 40,000 homes in Belfast while more than 70 schools have been closed because of the storm winds and heavy snow. The power firm Northern Ireland Electricity said storm force winds of up to 55 mph have broken electricity lines and damaged poles […]

It’s oil happening in Brazil

For the South American powerhouse getting ready to play host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, oil still seems to be top dog, as ELN reporter Vicky Ellis finds out from some of the country’s big industry players including GE Brazil’s CEO Adriana Machado and Roberto Ramos of Odebrecht Oil & Gas.

Qatar to build low-carbon stadiums for 2022 World Cup

Qatar is to use carbon-neutral technology to cool its stadiums during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Yesterday Qatar was successful in its bid to host the football tournament in 2022, with Russia being picked for the 2018 competition. Three state-of-the-art stadiums will be built for the event in Qatar, with two existing arenas due for […]

England game brings biggest World Cup power surge

England’s victory against Slovenia in yesterday’s World Cup caused the highest surge in electricity demand so far in the tournament. National Grid reported a surge in demand of nearly 1300 megawatts – the equivalent of more than half a million kettles being switched on – during the half time break. It also equates to a […]

Energy firm warns over England match overload

Energy suppliers are bracing themselves for a huge surge in demand at 3pm today as England take on Slovenia in the World Cup. Research from npower shows that 58% of businesses plan to let fans watch the game withover a third (39%) planning to screen the match at their workplaces. In a bid to keep […]

Qatar in carbon-neutral World Cup bid

Qatar has stressed that if it is chosen to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup it will use carbon-neutral technology to cool its stadiums. Three state-of-the-art stadiums would be built for the event, with two existing arenas due for expansion. Qatar 2022 chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said: “Our stadiums will have […]