What is climate change and its impact?

What is climate change?

The Earth’s climate is changing due to human activity. The result is more extreme weather events, droughts, floods and rising sea levels.

What is causing this? Greenhouse gases, mostly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, are accumulating in the atmosphere, causing more and more heat to be trapped… and the average global temperature to increase! In a series of UN reports, thousands of scientists and government reviewers agreed that limiting global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C would help us avoid the worst climate impacts and maintain a liveable climate. Yet based on current national climate plans, global warming is projected to reach around 3.2°C by the end of the century.

The impact on our environment

The increase in average temperatures is causing a variety of sudden and gradual changes to Earth’s physical environment. There are more extreme weather events, erratic rainfall patterns and heatwaves across the world.

More gradually, sea levels will rise, droughts will occur more often and last longer, floods will happen more frequently, and glaciers and ice caps will melt at faster rates.

Football is not immune to these significant changes and around the world, grassroots, recreational, amateur and elite football are being affected.

We need to reduce the emissions that enter the atmosphere to minimise the increase in average global temperature and the changes that result to our physical environment.

Measure our impact

The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest single-sport event in the world. While it brings significant direct and indirect social and economic benefits to the host country, its impact on the global environment is indisputable.

FIFA, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC and Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy are committed to delivering a fully carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup 2022™ and aim to set a benchmark for environmental stewardship by implementing leading sustainable building standards, waste and water management practices and low-emission solutions. Through our work, we will leave a legacy of world-class environmental management expertise, technologies, businesses and standards in Qatar and the region.

You too can measure your own carbon emissions by using an online calculator such as the one from the UN.

Sustainability at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

The Sustainability Strategy for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

21 Jan 2020

Reduce the impact

In November 2021, FIFA joined the calls for action as world leaders met at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland. FIFA is taking a leading role in the world of sport by confirming its pledge to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change − Sports for Climate Action Framework. This includes a commitment to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2040, as part of a detailed FIFA Climate Strategy that lays out plans to accelerate the delivery of solutions to protect our beautiful planet and our beautiful game.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivering a video message to the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)

FIFA President Gianni Infantino | UN Climate Change Conference

Qatar will stage the most compact edition of the tournament in modern history. Sixty-four matches over 28 days will take place in close proximity, with the maximum travel distance between stadiums just 75km. One of the major environmental benefits of Qatar 2022 is the elimination of domestic flights during the tournament. You too can help to reduce the impact of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ by using public transport. By presenting your Fan-ID and ticket, you can use public transport services on match days free of charge to and from the stadiums within the host cities.

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Mass public transport will help fans get around during the World Cup. The new Doha Metro, in addition to tram and bus services, will help fans travel seamlessly between hotels, stadiums and tourist attractions. The metro will be the transportation backbone of Qatar 2022. It directly connects the airport with five Qatar 2022 stadiums, with the remaining tournament venues reachable via a combination of metro and bus services. You can find more information on these services on https://www.qatar2022.qa/en/transport.

Offsetting the impact

Offsetting means cancelling the remaining harmful emissions in one place by removing or preventing emissions in another place by funding projects that reduce emissions. This benefits the environment, but local communities can also benefit from employment, training and support for local charities.

FIFA, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC and Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy will offset all remaining emissions associated with the FIFA World Cup 2022™ The offsetting will also include the emissions of all travel, accommodation and food and beverage of all ticket holders attending the tournament in Qatar. Hence, it will be the first fully carbon neutral FIFA World Cup.

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FIFA Climate Strategy
Making football climate resilient and mitigating our impact on climate change.
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UN Climate Change invites sports organizations and their stakeholders to join a new climate action for sport movement. This initiative aims at supporting and guiding sports actors in achieving global climate change goals.
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Carbon Neutral FIFA World Cup™
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Green Card for the Planet
Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has delivered a video message raising a “Green Card for the Planet” to highlight awareness on the protection of the environment.
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