Russia goes green with 2018 World Cup preparations

With the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil now over, planning and construction is already underway in the 2018 host nation Russia, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.

An artists impression of the Yubileyniy Stadium planned for 2018 in Saransk. pic: Gradproject CJSC Moscow

An artists impression of the Yubileyniy Stadium planned for 2018 in Saransk. pic: Gradproject CJSC Moscow

Six out of the 10 World Cup stadiums that are being developed for Russia 2018 will be assessed under BREEAM standards in a bid to drive sustainable construction ahead of the tournament.

Jones Lang Lasalle's associate director Ksenia Agapova, who is acting as BREEAM's advisor on three of the projects, said: "The World Cup 2018 stadiums, designed to BREEAM standards, will raise the bar of sustainable design and construction in Russia.

"Regulations in green building are not well developed here and few incentives exist for implementation of green technologies. It is a significant achievement for the design team to receive this international recognition and prove compliance with highest international standards.

"We are looking forward to successful completion of these projects and expected increased public awareness of green building, as these venues attract a lot of attention."

Energy efficiency

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is an international measure for sustainability in buildings, with more than 250,000 certified buildings. The certification has been used extensively in the sporting field, including during the 2012 London Olympics.

The six BREEAM-assessed stadiums in Russia will feature reduced energy consumption of 40% less than that of a comparable baseline building, with energy-efficient floodlights, efficient heating and heat recovery.

Facilities will also include segregated waste collection with waste compactors, WCs with water-saving fixtures and ecological studies above typical local construction requirements.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, six stadiums achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, with the Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte the first World Cup stadium to be powered entirely by solar power. FIFA estimated that the 2014 World Cup would emit around 2.72m tCO2, with much of that expected to be mitigated by buying carbon offsets.

Want to find out more about the green credentials of the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Take a look at edie's Top 10 World Cup Sustainability Facts.

Matt Field


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