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2010 Green Goal in South Africa

The plan behind greening the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ - the Green Goal 2010 programme builds on the success of Germany's 2006 model and takes into account the impact on the environment of such a huge event.

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...20,000 espectadores puedan viajar a Soccer City en autobús?
Un Bus de Transporte Rápido (BRT, por sus siglas en inglés) fue lanzado en Johannesburgo a finales de agosto del año pasado para luchar contra la congestión del tráfico y mejorar la calidad del transporte público. Ya 17,000 personas usan el BRT a diario. Las autoridades viales de Johannesburgo dijeron que están planificando transportar 20.000 espectadores a Ellis Park y a los estadios del Soccer City los días de partido, y están convencidos de que estos buses podrán trasportar a los espectadores rápidamente y con seguridad a los estadios, antes y después del partido.

2006 Green Goal in Germany>>

The UNEP/GEF Project - Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Major Sporting Events, FIFA 2010 and the implementation of the national greening programme in liaison with 2010 FIFA Local Organising Committee

The initiative is a result of a partnership between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

The initiative includes three major greening projects


  1. Renewable energy interventions in six World Cup host cities

  2. An awareness-raising drive on green tourism both funded by GEF

  3. And a UNEP programme to offset the carbon emissions of eleven World Cup teams.

  4. View the Photogallery

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GEF and UNEP Meeting highlights major environmental initiatives from lowering the carbon footprint of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to supporting biodiversity in Brazil

Punta Del Este, Uruguay, 25 May 2010
World Cup Press Release

Punta Del Este, Uruguay, 25 May 2010 - The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that they will be major players at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with projects to reduce carbon emissions as part of a National Greening Programme.
Two of Uruguay’s top goalkeepers, now retired, - Fernando Alvez, Jorge Sere - were on hand for the announcement.
In addition and linked to the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity, another key initiative was launched aimed at assisting the Government of Brazil in conservation efforts.
At the World Cup, GEF has provided US$1million to help retrofit solar panels on public street lights, traffic lights and billboards around the stadia in the six cities hosting the games.
Full details of these and other projects including one involving tourists and fans attending the tournament will be announced next month in South Africa.

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World Cup Nations Team Up Against Climate Change

Copenhagen, 7 December 2009
World Cup Press Release

News Comes as UNEP-GEF Announce $1 million Funding for Climate-Friendly Actions in Six Host Cities
Copenhagen, 7 December 2009 - As the climate talks kick off in Copenhagen, key football nations are teaming up for the planet for the biggest sport event of 2010.

More than half of the countries that have qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup have committed or pledged to offset the emissions of their teams' and officials' flights to South Africa for the competition.

Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, England, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Serbia, USA, Uruguay and host country South Africa are among the squads determined to score green goals for the environment in 2010.

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