Germany's next major sporting event is setting itself some ambitious environmental targets: The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ is aiming to be completely environmentally-friendly. With the help of the Institute for Applied Ecology and the German Environmental Foundation, the Organising Committee (OC) are hoping to avoid any negative effects on the environment and to counter existing problems by investing in climate protection projects as part of its Green Goal 2011 campaign.
The campaign is backed by an advisory board of environmental experts. In their third meeting on 2 November in Berlin, the panel and the OC introduced the ECOPROFIT environment management system, which will be implemented in all nine FIFA Women's World Cup stadiums - another milestone on the road to an environmentally-friendly tournament. The goal of ECOPROFIT is to aid stadium operators in their implementation of sustainable eco-friendly technologies and thus reduce the ecological effects of the stadiums. By investing in environmental protection projects, costs can be reduced and eco-efficiency increased.
During the certification process, supported by 'Arqum', five workshops and three on-site visits will take place with the topics of environmental politics; renewable energy sources; waste, water and climate control; and eco-friendly procurement all on the agenda.
"We're making an ongoing contribution to environmental protection in sport and it will continue long after the Women's World Cup," explained Claudia Roth, Chairwoman of the German Green Party and spokeswoman for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 environmental advisory board.
The guiding principle of the ‘environmentally-friendly FIFA Women's World Cup' centres around five core areas: water, waste, catering, energy and mobility. In order to successfully organise and stage an environmentally-friendly tournament, stadiums must endeavour to utilize renewable, green energies. Waste must be reduced considerably and an intelligent, climate-friendly transportation model must be conceived.