Brazil on 27 May 2014 announced a package of pollution-cutting measures to make FIFA World Cup 2014 more eco – friendly. The measures range from an emissions-trading scheme to a green passport smart-phone application.
It is estimated that the carbon emission will rise to 1.4 million tonnes during the FIFA World Cup 2014 scheduled to be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014 in Brazil.
In this regard, the measures taken by Brazil to make FIFA World Cup 2014 eco-friendly
• All the host stadiums will have LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a sustainability seal of approval.
• It launched a program to offset the pollution by asking companies to give carbon credits in exchange for the right to advertise themselves as official green seal World Cup sponsors. The government has already offset 115000 tonnes of emissions through such donations of carbon credits. Carbon credits are tradable permit to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases.
• Brazil and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) together has launched a project called Green Passport to encourage football fans to practice environmentally sustainable tourism.
• Other programs included are to train garbage collectors on recycling and set up stalls to sell locally produced organic food in host cities.
The World Cup and other major sports events generally leave giant carbon footprints. Building stadiums and infrastructure, flying in teams and fans, and hosting the games themselves all emit large amounts of Earth-warming greenhouse gases such as CO2. To reduce the emissions of CO2 Brazil took the above initiatives to make the FIFA World more eco-friendly.
When: 27 May 2014