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Green Building Certification for All World Cup 2018 venues

By Matthew Campelli, Sport Sustainability Journal

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow was the first World Cup 2018 venue to receive green building certification in January 2018

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow was the first World Cup 2018 venue to receive green building certification in January 2018

All 12 stadiums being used for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have now received green building certification.

This means that every venue used for the tournament is at least the equivalent of LEED Certified (40-49 points), although different stadiums have been certified by different bodies.

For example, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the centrepiece of the World Cup and final venue – was the first stadium to be certified in January 2018, receiving the BREEAM Bespoke standard.

All stadiums have been recognised for their own standout features (see below), which will be presented in more detail in an upcoming Green Standards Report compiled by FIFA and the Local Organising Committee in Russia. However, all venues have a number of common qualities:

  • “State of the art” engineering equipment
  • Utility automation systems
  • Indoor LED lighting
  • Water-saving sanitary equipment
  • Publication transportation points less than 500 metres away
  • 10% of construction areas made up of green spaces
  • Safe refrigerants use
  • Use of grease traps
  • Drainage and stormwater systems
  • Segregated waste collection

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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.

Read the full article here.

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