To deliver the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup and leave a legacy of climate action to Qatar and the region, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) is on track to fulfill its commitment with sustainable development at the heart of the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Our efforts in achieving carbon neutrality for Qatar 2022 remain on course,” said Bodour Al Meer, to Gulf-Times, the SC’s Sustainability & Environment Senior Manager.
Carbon neutrality is the net-zero emission of carbon. This is usually achieved by reducing emissions as much as possible before balancing the remaining emissions with the purchase of carbon credits.
Two FIFA World Cup stadiums have resulted in receiving top sustainability ratings this year with SC’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. Before Al Bayt Stadium reached the five-star GSAS rating at the end of July, Education City Stadium became the first venue in January to receive a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS)
As promised in the original bid to host the next FIFA World Cup, solar energy will help to power the tournament. Qatar’s national utility company, Kahramaa, is currently developing a large-scale 800MW solar power plant on a 10km2 plot. Once the tournament is over, the plant will continue to produce clean renewable energy for decades, leaving a significant legacy as a carbon reduction project.
“We are excited with the progress Kahramaa has made with the solar power plant and achieving the highest GSAS ratings on our latest stadium projects are important milestones. While there is plenty more to achieve, we are pleased that our carbon neutral planning has started producing results.”