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Greening of the 2006 World Cup

One of the hydrogen-powered buses used at the 2006 World Cup in Berlin

On 6 September 2005, an agreement was signed between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the organizers of the 2006 FIFA World Cup aimed at making the World Cup a low pollution, eco-friendly competition. It was the first time that the FIFA World Cup –– one of the world's leading sports events ––incorporated environmental considerations in the preparation and staging of its games.

2006 Green Goal

The “Green Goal” project — an inspiration of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the German Ministry of the Environment — aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transport and electricity generation during the month-long tournament. Other aims included defeating the mountains of waste normally associated with large-scale public events as well as reducing the consumption of drinking water and other natural resources. In all, 13 of 16 Green Goal objectives were to a large extent achieved.

...three quarters of all visitors to the 2006 FIFA World Cup travelled by environmentally favourable means of transport to and from stadiums?
On average, around 57 per cent of visitors used public transport for travel to and from stadiums (including park and ride). A further 6 per cent made their way on foot, around 11 per cent travelled by coach. Only 23 per cent of visitors to stadiums travelled by car. The reasons for the success of public transport were, above all, the good connections of stadiums to the public transport network, the quality of services (for example, their frequency), few parking spaces at stadiums and, especially, the “KombiTicket”, which was introduced for the first time at a World Cup championship and entitled ticket holders to travel free of charge on match days on the entire public transport network of host cities.

UNEP and the Green Goal

Related Links
2006 Green Goal Legacy Report
Green Goal Photogallery
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