A year after the final whistle blew on the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, host city Cape Town’s award-winning environmental programme, Green Goal 2010, is in the spotlight again. A 130-page Legacy Report was launched by the Executive Mayor of the city, Patricia de Lille, and the Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille.
The report captures the spirit and intent of Cape Town’s “triple bottom line” approach to sustainably hosting the FIFA World Cup, describing the environmental, social and economic context and the numerous projects that were implemented.
Projects covering energy-efficiency, carbon mitigation, water conservation, waste management, transport, landscaping and biodiversity, green building, responsible tourism and communication and awareness were implemented over a period of four years. Of the 42 projects, no fewer than 17 are legacy projects, meaning that their contribution to residents and visitors is being felt long after the completion of the FIFA World Cup tournament itself.
“It is great to see how much effort the City of Cape Town and the Province of Western Cape have invested into implementing an outstanding Green Goal programme at the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said FIFA’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Federico Addiechi. “This legacy report adds to the know-how that has been gathered over the past years and, in particular, will help future FIFA World Cup Host Cities with an excellent basis from which to start developing their own environmental programmes.”
According to the report, which was based on the monitoring and evaluation work undertaken by the NGO Sustainable Energy Africa, the Green Goal 2010 programme exceeded the national targets for waste-to-landfill reduction and the use of public and non-motorised transport to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the event.
Throughout the FIFA World Cup, one of the important successes was the way in which good waste management added to the general tourist appeal and fan experience. Some 58 per cent of the waste generated during the event was diverted away from landfill to recycling.
The Cape Town Stadium design achieved an estimated 15 per cent saving in electricity use and a 27 per cent reduction in water use. Dual-flush toilets, low flow showerheads and taps were installed while spring water from Oranjezicht on the slopes of Table Mountain now irrigates the Green Point Urban Park, saving 580 million litres of drinking water per year.
The sale of green electricity certificates (GECs) compensated for an estimated 80 per cent of the event’s carbon footprint with a range of energy-efficiency projects such as the retrofitting of street and traffic lights, the installation of energy efficient floodlights at Philippi Stadium and the supply of solar water heating to 540 low-income homes in Darling.
“One of the reasons for these successes is the programme’s commitment to working with a spirit of close engagement with all stakeholders,” said Mayor De Lille about the project.
Tributes to Green Goal team
The Mayor paid tribute to the collective efforts of the Green Goal team, drawing attention to the fact that the Host City Cape Town Green Goal programme had been awarded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sport and Environment Award. Nominated by FIFA, the award recognised the efforts of the Host City to mitigate negative environmental impacts of the FIFA World Cup and to maximise a positive environmental and social legacy.
Premier Zille said that there are many lessons to be learned from the Green Goal 2010 Programme. “The programme highlights the importance of a long-term plan that includes innovative projects that have measurable outcomes in order to ensure that a positive and lasting environmental legacy is created,” she said.
“Major events can bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits if planned in responsible and innovative ways, such as with the Green Goal campaign,” said Mayor De Lille in conclusion. “These events strengthen our economy, leading to the creation of jobs and improvement in the delivery of essential services. Indeed they help make us a city of the future that provides for all of its citizens.”