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FIFA Annual Report: $10m Set Aside for Sustainability Projects Over the Next Four Years

During 2017, $3.9m was spent on 99 community-based sustainability projects (Credit: FIFA)

During 2017, $3.9m was spent on 99 community-based sustainability projects (Credit: FIFA)

FIFA has set aside $10m for its sustainability, human rights and anti-discrimination programme over the next four years, according to the organisation’s annual report.

The sum is part of a wider $2.3bn investment budget for development and education for the 2019-2022 cycle.

Of that budget, the majority ($1.3bn) will be allocated to member associations. Development and educational programmes – of which sustainability is included – will receive $223m overall over the course of the four-year period.

Women’s football development will gain a $67m investment, while $65m will go towards the FIFA World of Football Museum (see full investment in article).

In 2019, $2m of the $579m budget set aside for development and education will go towards FIFA’s sustainability, human rights and anti-discrimination programme (see in article).

The world football governing body’s report also revealed that it had contributed $3.9m to supporting 99 community-based sustainability projects in 55 countries during the course of 2017.

However, the news is likely to be overshadowed by the announcement that North America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup has been successful.

With several LEED-certified stadiums already built to host the matches, plus an extensive carbon, waste and sustainable procurement strategy, bid organisers promised that the tournament (which will be hosted in the US, Mexico and Canada) will “set new standards” on sustainable event management.

Morocco, which also threw its hat into the ring to host the tournament, misses out despite putting economic and environmental sustainability at the heart of its bid. The bidding committee for the North African nation pledged procurement in line with ISO 20400 standards, biodiversity legacy and the creation of a Sustainable Development Committee.

However, its plan to build legacy modular stadiums – temporary structures that can be downgraded or demolished following the tournament, with materials donated to other projects – was described by FIFA an “inherently risky”.

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World Cup Fans Encouraged to Offset Emissions with Ticket Giveaway

Travelling fans are expected to be responsible for 75% of the carbon emissions generated during the World Cup (Credit: Getty Images via FIFA)

Travelling fans are expected to be responsible for 75% of the carbon emissions generated during the World Cup (Credit: Getty Images via FIFA)

Ticket holders for this year’s FIFA World Cup have the chance of winning tickets for the final if they take part in a campaign to offset their carbon footprint.

As part of its Climate Action Campaign, the world football governing body will offset 2.9 tonnes of carbon emissions for every person that signs up by investing in projects that remove or prevent emissions.

Fans travelling to Russia for the tournament are expected to account for 74.7% of the 2.1 millions tonnes of carbon dioxide that the event is likely to generate.

Where emissions cannot be eliminated, FIFA and the local organising committee will fund other verified low-carbon projects in Russia and overseas.

World Cup ticket holders can sign up for the initiative at FIFA.com, and will instantly enter a prize draw for the tickets.

During the World Cup, fans will also be encouraged to use public transport, with their match tickets doubling up as transport tickets.

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UEFA Calls Attention to the ‘Significant Issue’ of Making Sport Sustainable

By Climate Action Programme

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UEFA, football’s governing body in Europe, has released a new report emphasising the urgent need to make sport more sustainable.

The report, called Playing for our Planet, was produced with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and contains examples of how making the transition to sustainability is both necessary and comes with major benefits.

The upsides of embedding sustainability include reduced costs from efficiency savings; reduced impacts from climate change; and greater innovation in infrastructure and operations.

Sport has a unique ability to engage tens of millions of people around the world; the report makes clear that if clubs and institutions accelerate their efforts then their reach will be “unparalleled”.

However, as the report makes clear few sports bodies “can truly say they are tackling sustainability in full.” World Sailing is one of them, and it has created a sustainability strategy with clear objectives. These are underlined by three pillars: environmental, social and economic. Its work to incorporate sustainability across all associations within its 146 member countries recently earned the federation an international accreditation.

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