World Cup to focus on sustainability

According to FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will have a $20 million budget to put towards sustainability initiatives.

This marks the first time that the World Cup will be engineered in accordance with an overarching sustainable approach.

Past World Cups have incorporated certain aspects of environmental responsibility, including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where at least one major stadium’s electricity was sourced from local wind farms.

Seeking to further pursue eco-friendly development, FIFA plans for next year’s World Cup to include a focus on renewable energy production, highly efficient stadiums and carbon offsetting.

Largely viewed as the greatest international sporting event in the world, over 3 million attendees are expected to crowd into several soccer stadiums throughout the duration of the tournament.