As the planet celebrates World Environment Day, FIFA reaffirms its commitment to protect our climate and recognises the critical need for everyone to help implement the Paris Agreement and to accelerate the change needed to reach carbon neutrality in the second half of the 21st century.
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.
Evaluation of environmental programmes was also a key part of the bidding processes for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2023 and the FIFA World Cup in 2026, with the selected host countries of both tournaments pledging to meet best practice international environmental standards.
In addition, FIFA has implemented a new green office policy on waste segregation and reduction, including the introduction of water fountains to reduce the use of PET bottles with guidelines for staff and visitors across its offices in Switzerland.
For more information about the initiatives in place for Qatar 2022 and their progress, please see the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy and the first Sustainability Progress Report.