FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke said that the world football governing body and World Cup local organizing committee (LOC) will work with carbon experts to estimate the carbon footprint of the Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
"Over recent months, FIFA and the LOC have teamed up with experts to estimate the carbon footprint of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The calculation shows that the two events are expected to generate just over 2.7 million tCO2e. Transportation alone (international and local) accounts for 80.1 per cent of the carbon footprint. FIFA and the LOC will compensate for their emissions through verified carbon offsetting projects and also encourage our stakeholders to lower their carbon footprint," he said.
In an effort to improve the sustainability of the World Cup arenas, FIFA and the LOC together with an experienced Brazilian training provider have launched the first training course for all 12 stadium operators last August in Curitiba. "It will be continued in two more venues in November 2013 and February 2014. The objective is to strengthen the participants’ knowledge of sustainable operations at football stadiums and other sports facilities," he added.