Greening of the 2006 World Cup

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.

 

...around 900 farmers and their families in India still benefit from the World Cup long after the excitement in Germany has died down?

The project, entitled “Family Clean Energy Packages”, provided a climate-friendly supply of energy to around 900 families in the region of Tamil Nadu in south-east India, which was badly hit by the horrific tsunami in December 2004. Here, biogas-generating units are being supplied to several hundred families to provide them with gas for cooking. With the use of these units, fossil energy sources are replaced and at the same time climatically harmful emissions of methane are avoided. With this project around 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be saved during the course of the next 10 years and it will help to compensate for the unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions in Germany which were caused by the 2006 FIFA World Cup.