UNEP FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 report

UN Environment (2012-08)

The FIFA 2010 World Cup™ was unique in many ways: the event was the first time the tournament had been held on the African Continent and South Africa hosted the first World Cup after FIFA announced a commitment to environmental issues in the wake of the Green Goal initiative of the 2006 FIFA WORLD held in Germany. This report highlights the achievements of South Africa and its host cities from Durban to Nelspruit in respect to environmental measures planned and implemented during the matches. It also looks at the legacy of the tournament in respect to potentially lasting improvements for the country and the communities concerned. As with the various assessments carried out by UNEP in respect to mass spectator events its main value is for those planning to host similar competitions and events the next being the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian Federation and the FIFA World Cup and summer Olympics and in Brazil. Among the many successes was the recycling of demolition wastes used in the construction of new stadia. Others included the introduction of energy-efficient lighting and fittings in new and existing stadia; the introduction of low flow water fixtures and the planting of 350,000 trees across the country.