New report reaffirms Qatar 2022’s commitment to sustainability: FIFA

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainable Stadiums report – compiled by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) – outlines the sustainability features of each of the tournament venues in relation to design, construction and legacy, FIFA said in its media release on Wednesday.

“Eight stadiums will host matches during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Three of those venues – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – have already been unveiled, with the remaining five set to be completed long before the tournament kicks off on 21 November 2022.”

Commenting on the release of the report, Eng. Bodour Al Meer, Sustainability & Environment Senior Manager at the SC said: “Sustainability has been at the heart of all our tournament preparedness efforts from the day we were awarded the rights to host the world’s largest football tournament, back in 2010.”

“In particular, we have always aimed to ensure that the construction and development of our tournament infrastructure leaves a positive legacy for our planet and sets new standards for delivering sustainable, carbon neutral, mega-sporting events in the future.”

“Stadiums are key in FIFA’s efforts to stage successful and more sustainable FIFA World Cups,” said Federico Addiechi, Head of Sustainability and Environment at FIFA. “With the publication of this report, we can clearly see the ways in which the FIFA World Cup 2022 preparations have delivered as per the bidding guidelines – and are continuing to deliver – on that goal. The innovative approach adopted by the SC to develop and use new environmental technologies will guarantee a significant legacy for the region and beyond.”

The ten key facts which highlight the sustainable features of Qatar’s stadiums include modular design means more than 170,000 seats can be donated; the first dismountable Stadium (Ras Abu Aboud ) in FIFA World Cup history; stadiums will be operational year-round; public transport brings fans to stadiums; sustainably sourced construction materials are a priority; construction waste reused or recycled; green landscaping creates a cooling effect; thirty per cent more energy-efficient than international benchmarks; forty per cent less water-usage than international benchmarks and sustainability certifications.

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