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FIFA announces 2014 sustainability strategy

Last week, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), along with the Brazilian government, came together at Rio+20 (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) to present their strategy to stage the 2014 FIFA World Cup in a sustainable way.

The sustainability strategy developed by FIFA and the LOC aims not only to mitigate the negative impact but also to maximise the positive effects of hosting the FIFA World Cup. Green stadia, waste management, community support, reducing and offsetting carbon emissions, renewable energy, climate change and capacity development are some of the key issues that will be addressed over the next two years. A total of approximately US$20 million will be invested by FIFA in the implementation of the strategy. Further support for the sustainability effort will be provided by FIFA’s Commercial Affiliates and other involved stakeholders.

The strategy builds on the experience gained from environmental and social development programmes at FIFA tournaments since 2005, on international standards such as ISO 26000 and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and on the development policies of the government of Brazil. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will be the first FIFA World Cup to have a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

“The ultimate goal is to stage an event that uses resources wisely, striking a balance between economic aspects, social development and environmental protection, says Federico Addiechi, FIFA’s head of corporate social responsibility. “We want to ensure that the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be remembered not only as a fantastic football tournament, but also for its lasting social and environmental legacy.”

“This requires participation from all parties involved, from the football fan to the stadium constructors. All are essential players in this sustainability line-up,” Addiechi continues. “As the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil and its government have been very important for FIFA and the LOC in shaping this sustainability strategy.”

FIFA and the LOC will jointly produce a comprehensive sustainability report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In addition, social and environmental chapters were compulsory elements in the bidding process for the FIFA World Cups in Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022). As a result of the voluntary initiatives in the FIFA World Cup stadia in Brazil, green building certification will be mandatory for all FIFA World Cup stadia in Russia and Qatar.


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