The 2022 FIFA World Cup ended with one of the most dramatic football finals last week, with Lionel Messi-led Argentina snatching its third world champion in a 3-3 (4-2 penalty kick shootout) victory over defending champion France.
But as the world celebrates football, the event itself deserves another look from the carbon neutrality angle.
After all, when the cheers die down and we move on to the next event, the world still needs to deal with the buildings and constructions from the event. So how did this FIFA “completely carbon neutral” event score?
The world is in a different place since Qatar was awarded as the host this year back in 2010. We have already witnessed a few “sustainable” sporting events, including the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2021 and the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier this year. Carbon neutrality targets and sustainable topics have been included, even as the world experienced geopolitical tensions and Covid troubles.
Qatar and FIFA have also developed sustainability policies and a set of goals for this year’s World Cup, including the ambitious goal of making the entire event completely carbon-neutral.
How did they score on that front? Find out more in our featured report!