FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have received the official confirmation of having fulfilled the commitment of offsetting all the carbon emissions directly related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. This included the emissions resulting from the travel and accommodation of all staff, officials, teams, volunteers and guests as well as emissions resulting from venues, stadiums, offices and TV production.
“FIFA takes its environmental responsibility very seriously. Thus, I am very happy to announce that, with the help of the low-carbon programme BP Target Neutral, we have now officially retired all the carbon credits necessary to offset the emissions of FIFA and the LOC at the FIFA World Cup”, said Federico Addiechi, Head of FIFA Corporate Social Responsibility. “This is a great achievement and will serve as a benchmark for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where we will continue mitigating all our emissions as well as develop initiatives to reduce the impact on the environment.”
In total, FIFA compensated 331,000 tonnes of CO2 - 251,000 of its own emissions and 80,000 from fans who took part in a free contest. Successful ticket applicants were invited to offset the emissions resulting from their travel to the tournament for free, no matter where in the world they were travelling from, and enter a prize draw to win two tickets for the World Cup Final, including travel and accommodation. More than 17,000 ticket holders signed up in just over five days, registering 40,880 journeys to and from Brazil 2014.
The portfolio of low-carbon projects in Brazil was carefully selected together with non-profit carbon management programme BP Target Neutral. Each project went through a rigorous tender process and adhered to the standards set by the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA), with the final selection being made by an independent panel of environmental NGOs. Beyond the positive environmental impacts of these projects, they also have social and economic benefits for many local Brazilian communities.
Among the initiatives supported, for example, is The Purus Project, which contributes to the preservation of 36,000 hectares of pristine rain forest from deforestation. “The projects selected by FIFA and BP Target Neutral to offset the carbon emissions from the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil are all highly relevant to the country’s reality. They address the need to improve climate awareness and understanding of how climate protection and development can support each other, as well as reducing carbon emissions in a credible way”, stated Suzane Kahn, the president of the Scientific Committee of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change.
“The projects cover different sectors and regions of the country and a range of activities and therefore it makes an important contribution to climate mitigation. I hope that the success of this programme incentivizes other sporting associations to follow suit.”