Top 10 World Cup Sustainability Facts

We bring you a run down of the top 10 sustainability facts you need to know about the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

1) FIFA has estimated that the 2014 World Cup will emit 2.72 million tCO2.

2) This compares with 1.65 million tCO2 that resulted from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

3) To mitigate its footprint, the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia includes a 2.5Mw-capacity solar array. This alone produces more solar power than 11 of the competing nations.

4) 50.6% of FIFA's World Cup emissions are estimated to come from international travel.

5) To combat this, FIFA and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) have set up a 'Green Passport', which will advise fans on how to minimize their environmental impact and carbon footprint.

6) The Arena de São Paulo uses GrassMaster technology, manufactured by Desso, to create a sustainable, hybrid, playing surface.

7) 894,000 people are employed in the renewable energy sector in Brazil.

8) Asda, one of many British supermarkets with suppliers in Brazil, estimates that 95% of its fresh food supply will be affected by global climate change.

9) Much of the world's illegal timber comes from the Amazon rainforest. It is estimated that 78% of global timber supplies are logged illegally.

10) Adidas, FIFA's longest-serving sponsor, has revealed plans to remove 99% of Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) from its products by 2017.

How much have you absorbed? Take the World Cup quiz here.


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