The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has made a game change in terms of organizing a sustainable tournament. The many innovations will have a lasting impact on how similar events will be planned and delivered in the future.
We touched on some of the most exciting moments of the competition, connecting them to the changing sustainability aspects of the tournament's game. At this year's FIFA World™ Cup, a comprehensive and dedicated programme managed the energy and water impacts of the stadium through efficient planning, construction and operation. Even Messi would have been impressed by these energy-saving measures.
- ALL STADIUMS ARE 30% MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT AND CONSUME LESS WATER THAN INTERNATIONAL INDICES (ASHRAE 90.1).
- Recycled water vapor from cooling systems in stadiums is used to irrigate the surrounding stadium landscape.
- 90% of temporary diesel generators have been replaced by electric substations that provide greener grid power and reduce air pollution.
- ALL FIVE ENERGY CENTRES AT FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022™ STADIUMS ARE GSAS CERTIFIED FOR SEASONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY.
Future FIFA World Cups will continue to use this sustainability plan as a blueprint to ensure maximum operational efficiency.
FOR THIS EDITION OF THE FIFA WORLD CUP, A FLEET OF 311 ECO-FRIENDLY HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND 10 ELECTRIC BUSES WERE PROVIDED BY SPONSORS HYUNDAI AND KIA FOR USE AS GROUND TRANSPORTATION FOR TEAMS, OFFICIALS AND VIP PERSONNEL AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 ™. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME EVS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED IN THIS QUANTITY TO SERVE EVENT ORGANISERS, A PRECEDENT THAT WILL SURELY FOLLOW AS FIFA CONTINUES TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR CLEAN MOBILITY.
The ecological imperative to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle was also a defining policy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ from the early planning stages, reflecting the leadership and commitment of the organisers to divert all waste from the tournament from landfills, including:
- Recycling of all tournament components including plastic, aluminum, cardboard, paper and glass and composting of food waste and tableware that can be composted at all stadiums, training camps and other official sites.
- All uniforms for staff and 20,000 volunteers were made from recycled materials and distributed in bags converted from signage and stadium dressing from previous events.
- Local charity Hifz Alnaema has redistributed leftover food from stadiums and events to people in need.