The Sustainability Pillar of the 2022 World Cup – Explained

On March 5th, The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), FIFA, and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC received special recognition from the Qatar Green Building Council for the delivery of the Sustainability Strategy for Qatar’s World Cup in 2022. Yet, not much is known about Qatar’s sustainability strategy within the general public.

The three primary partners responsible for delivering the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are FIFA, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. The tournament will be held from November 21st to December 18th in 2022. The event will feature a total of 32 teams, eight stadiums, and consist of a budget of 8 billion dollars.

                                                                           Construction Site at one of the stadiums under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

As part of the overall vision that Qatar has for the 2022 World Cup, one of the most important pillars is that of Sustainability. The Pillar of Sustainability consists of several significant points. Some of the most relevant aspects are the following – gain sustainable building certification for stadiums and offices; sustainable building practices; sustainable procurement and disposal of construction materials; and overall reduction and minimization of greenhouse gas emissions.

Much of the infrastructure currently under construction employs highly energy-efficient design from air conditioning and ventilation, lighting, and wastewater recovery systems. During development, “in some cases, over 90% of construction waste is recycled and reused.

Greenhouse gas emissions are also prioritized throughout the construction phase, tournament operations, and post-tournament phases. Within the construction phase, regional material is primarily employed for construction to reduce fossil fuel waste preventing materials from traveling long distances. Materials discarded during construction are reused and recycled, and local biodiversity is given the utmost consideration to avoid disruptions in the surrounding natural environment.

                                                                       A woman recycles waste

In addition to these measures, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is managing one of the largest tree nurseries in the region. As construction of the stadiums comes to completion, over 5000 trees will be planted, covering 850,000 square meters of land, allowing for the absorption of thousands of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Furthermore, a public transportation system will allow for the free transfer of tournament fans as they shuffle from one stadium to another, back to their hotel room, and travel through the city. The Doha metro also serves as a piece of national infrastructure, limiting the use of private transportation within Qatari society.

Lastly, temporary power solutions are being employed to minimize impact and reduce waste from the overall power grid. Qatar aims to build a utility-scale solar power plant producing 500 MW of energy throughout the tournament. Further limiting the environmental impact and employing sustainable solutions to modern-day problems of energy generation.






(Image Source: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy)




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