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.

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

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
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£0.60 ($1)million 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. read more

World Cup Nations Team Up Against Climate Change

World Cup Press Release

News Comes as UNEP-GEF Announce £0.60 ($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. read more


...Durban, a host city, has committed to hosting a climate neutral 2010 FIFA World Cup?

Through the Greening Durban 2010 Programme, measures are being put in place to reduce the carbon emissions (and thus impact on global climate) associated with hosting World Cup 2010 events, but it is acknowledged that the majority of the anticipated carbon emissions will need to be offset. Such offset projects will include both carbon sequestration (i.e. tree planting, reforestation, etc.) and carbon emissions reductions projects (e.g. biogas, landfill gas to energy, etc.).. Durban’s first carbon sequestration project for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a community reforestation project which also aims to address environmental degradation and poor catchment management. The Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project involves assisting rural communities to collect seed, grow seedlings and plant them in degraded forest areas in the landfill buffer area, which is owned by the eThekwini municipality. The first phase of the project aims to plant 82,000 trees on 150 hectares of degraded forest land by July 2010, offsetting many thousands of tons of CO2 over a 20-year period. Further phases of the project will plant up a further 500 hectare of land in the landfill buffer area.