Over the past decade, FIFA has continued to strengthen its requirements and programmes related to environmental protection, encompassing issues such as climate change, waste management, recycling, sustainable construction and procurement.
In 2016, FIFA was the first sport federation to join the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, the objective of which is to gather sports federations, organisations, teams, athletes and fans in a concerted effort to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
This commitment has translated into concrete actions to protect our planet, in particular around FIFA’s flagship events. FIFA measured, took steps to reduce and then offset the unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions related to the FIFA World Cup™ tournaments of Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, and will do so for the upcoming edition in Qatar. Indeed, FIFA and the host country have pledged to deliver a fully carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup tournament in 2022 and aim to set a benchmark for environmental stewardship in the region.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Sustainability Strategy includes a comprehensive set of initiatives to mitigate the tournament related emissions, including energy efficient stadiums, low emission transportation, and sustainable waste management practices at stadium construction sites. Moreover, in order to deliver a fully carbon-neutral event, the remaining unavoidable emissions will be offset.