Fifa has now employed a ropbust sustainability model for its operations during this years World Cup in Russia. Everything from construction methods of the stadium to city infrastructure and waste management are scrutinized and included.

The tournament has been taking climate friendly measures ever since the 2006 event in Germany. Image: jarmoluk via Pixabay The 2018 Fifa World Cup is set to kick off in Russia from June 14. As a preparatory measure, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa), the governing body of world football, has released certain updates to its sustainability policy for the month-long tournament. Ever since the Sydney Olympics in 2000, all major sporting events have been releasing environmental frameworks and policies set to make up for the carbon footprint released by the events. The updates chronicle certain sections such as green stadiums, waste management and recycling and climate change and climate action, in addition to host city environmental measures. The green stadiums initiative—introduced for the first time at the 2018 WC—refers to a ‘green certification’, meaning the construction of the stadium in consideration was undertaken in adherence with international green standards. These standards include energy conservation through alternative heating and lighting procedures, usage of water-saving technology at stadiums during matches and tree plantations in relevant areas. As of May 2018, all host stadiums in Russia have been successfully certified under this scheme by ‘RUSO The Football Stadiums’. The Russian […]


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