The FIFA 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) would unveil its national ‘Green Goal’ strategy in a “few weeks” confirmed LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.

Speaking at the launch of the 2010 Sustainability Awards (an Impumulelo project in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation), Jordaan said that the environment formed an important part of the LOC’s legacy programme.

While certain host cities, notably Cape Town and Durban, had action plans in place highlighting programmes to reduce climate change impacts and raise awareness of environmental issues, the national strategy in this regard had been delayed.

Jordaan noted that there had been intellectual property “issues” holding back the launch of the national strategy, but said that these were being resolved.

It was understood that the finalisation of the copyright assignment agreement between the designer, the LOC and FIFA, was causing the delays.

Jordaan said that all major event organisers were realising the impact of hosting such games on the environment, and added that there was growing engagement to consider the consequences in hosting such a significant event.

The Cities of Cape Town and Durban were the only known host cities that have tabled interventions to reduce the carbon footprint of the event. Both cities have identified target areas such as transport, water, waste management, energy and climate change, and have implemented a number of actions that will mitigate these impacts.

Jordaan also indicated that there has been an emphasis by the LOC on ‘greening’ Soweto, which, in contrast to the rest of greater Johannesburg, was relatively lacking in foliage.

It was initially envisaged that there would be a national programme, called “Green Goal 2010” with its own brand, which would assist in raising funds for the programme, as well as raising awareness on the issue. Because of the delays, it was felt that the country was missing out on opportunities to raise funds and get projects under way.

“The large numbers of people travelling to and from the event, the construction and use of energy-consumptive stadiums and associated facilities, have raised concerns about the total environmental, and specifically the carbon footprint of the event. Leaving a positive environmental legacy should be high on the agenda – as it was when Germany hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup,” Sustainable Energy Africa consultant Sheryl Ozinsky told Engineering News previously.

FIFA was also yet to indicate whether or not it would make any contributions towards the offsetting of carbon emissions generated through travel by the FIFA family alone. For the hosting of the World Cup in Germany, FIFA contributed  €400 000 towards the offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from travel from the FIFA family.

A study establishing the total footprint for the entire event in South Africa in 2010, including the travel of spectators, intrahost city travel, accommodation, and to some degree the construction of stadiums, as well as other related issues, has been finalised. The study was commissioned by the Norwegian government through its partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

PUBLICATION: Engineering News
AUTHOR: Christy van der Merwe
DATED: 7th May 2009