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UNEP and the 2010 World Cup

FIFA 2010 Green Goal


World Cup Press Release

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.

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 Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Major Sporting Events, FIFA 2010 and the Green Goal


Aims to leave a lasting legacy that will be continued by the city municipalities post the tournament to save energy consumption by adopting renewable energy and energy efficiency practices as illustrated by solar retro-fits. This project forms part of the South African government's National Greening Framework.

 


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


Aims to encourage visitors to make responsible travel choices whilst visiting South Africa for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The 'Passport' – a 32-page booklet packed with greening tips and information on responsible tourism in each host city – will be distributed to 100,000 World Cup spectators.



SMS Campaign

An SMS Campaign has been initiated in partnership with Business, viz., Foneworx and KPMG in order to generate funds towards offsetting of the 2010 Carbon footprint.

Details of the SMS Campaign are as follows: Show your support for the 2010 Carbon offset Programme. SMS "GOGREEN" to 34066. SMS charged at R2.00. Free SMS do not apply. This campaign is only active in South Africa.

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

Five carbon offset projects

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in South Africa, in liaison with the Departments of Energy, Department of Tourism, Central Energy Fund, Eskom and the Local Organizing Committee, has identified five carbon offset projects in order to assist towards offsetting travelers' emissions.

 

 

The projects include:

  1. Solar Cookers, by Sunfire Solutions
  2. Soil composting, by Soil and More Reliance,
  3. LED energy efficient lighting retrofit programme, by Lemnis Lighting,
  4. Wind energy, by Mainstream and
  5. Domestic fire lighting – basa nge magogo project, by the Nova Institute.

The identified offset projects will be attached to a carbon calculator, which will enable travelers to calculate and offset their emissions against an offset project of his/her choice.

Offsetting team’s emissions

Under the initiative's umbrella, eleven teams have announced they will offset the emissions caused by their participation in the event.
The teams, whose offset is sponsored by PUMA, are:

  1. Algeria,
  2. Cameroon,
  3. Cote d'Ivoire,
  4. Ghana,
  5. Uruguay,
  6. Italy
  7. Switzerland.
  8. Chile
  9. England
  10. Republic of Korea
  11. Serbia


And UNEP hopes more countries will follow suit by the start of the tournament on 11 June.

The teams' carbon footprint includes international flights to and from South Africa, domestic flights and coaches to and from group matches for teams and officials, and accommodation in hotels – a total of approximately 6,050 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

UNEP Environmental Assessment

Following the World Cup, UNEP will conduct a comprehensive Environmental Assessment to review how key environmental issues have been addressed by the tournament organizers and compile experiences and lessons learned.

The host cities' green efforts will also be assessed in order to ascertain how greening solutions were delivered and to what extent they have been successfully implemented.

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