5/22/2018 3:27:27 AM (GMT+3)

Save environment and win tickets to World Cup final, says FIFA

Save environment and win tickets to World Cup final, says FIFA

MOSCOW, Russia: FIFA launched a campaign encouraging successful ticket applicants to offset the carbon emissions resulting from their travel to the tournament for free.

All ticket-holders are invited to sign up on FIFA.com and take part in the campaign, regardless of where they live.

For each fan signing up, FIFA will offset 2.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e), which is the average emission per ticket-holder traveling from abroad.

When signing up, fans will automatically enter a prize draw to win two tickets for the FIFA World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium.

“The Earth’s climate is changing due to human activity. We need to reduce the emissions that enter the atmosphere,” said FIFA’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “FIFA takes its environmental responsibility very seriously. As part of our twofold strategy, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee will offset all of their own operational emissions.”

The World Cup is the largest single-sport competition in the world. Staging a tournament of this scale inevitably has an impact on the environment.

“I commend FIFA for leading by example in reducing the climate impact of the tournament and encouraging fans to act on climate change. Reducing emissions as far as possible and compensating for emissions that cannot be avoided is the best way to score goals for the climate and our common future,” says Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

FIFA and the local organisers have therefore teamed up with experts to estimate the emissions relating to Russia 2018.

The greenhouse gas accounting report shows that the event is expected to generate over 2.1 million tCO2e. At 74.7% of this total, international travel to Russia and travel between host cities are the major contributors of these emissions.

In line with its long-running environmental programme, FIFA will offset all unavoidable emissions over which it has operational control (243,322 tCO2e, equaling 11.2% of the overall emissions), plus up to a maximum of 100,000 tCO2e for the ticket holders who sign up.