The drive for sustainable stadiums has been shaping the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. It is this environmental concern, which is also coming increasingly to the fore in other countries, that caught the eye of the organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Discussions begun on Monday 20 June between the English and Brazilian organisers of the respective tournaments, with a view to agreeing a partnership in the field of sustainability. The beneficiary of this agreement is likely to be the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

The meeting between Agnelo Queiroz, the Governor of the Federal District where the capital Brasilia is located, UK Ambassador Alan Charlton and the London Olympic Games' Head of Sustainable Development and Regeneration Dan Epstein was intended to seek a partnership between Brasilia and the 2012 Olympic Committee. The aim was to define an ecologically friendly construction model, which is already being applied to the construction work being carried out on the Estadio Nacional.

In this way, the Brazilian executives can learn from the experience their English counterparts gained when building new stadiums for the Games – thus helping both events to become benchmarks for environmental sustainability. “In London we have the chance to pass on our experiences, and I’m hopeful that our cooperation will lead to very positive results,” said Ambassador Charlton.

Epstein, who also bears responsibility for the planning of London’s Olympic Park, explained how the English capital developed and implemented their sustainability strategy for the Games. “The most important thing is to plan very clearly how you’re going to carry out the construction work and what exactly you wish to achieve in terms of sustainability. That way you can turn your initial objectives into realistic targets.”

Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional is aiming to be awarded the internationally recognised LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating for sustainability. According to one of the figures behind the project, architect Vicente de Castro Mello, the new arena will receive 87 per cent of the points available on the ratings scale.

“We want the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be known as the Sustainability Games, with special emphasis on the role of the country’s capital as a global benchmark,” concluded Governor Queiroz.