The carbon footprint of the Football World Cup

Since Friday millions of people – me included – are following the 2010 Football FIFA World Cup which is taking place this year in South Africa. It will last one full month.

This event will have according to EU Infrastructure a carbon footprint of 2.7 millions tons of carbon dioxide. Out of this 1.9 million tons will be emitted by visitors in international transport.

A further 484,000 tons will be emitted by the inter-city transport. ” This leaves the World Cup with a carbon footprint twice as big as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “

By Edouard

Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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