2006 Football World Cup: A high standard of climate compensation

A “climate-fair” sports event requires that event-related greenhouse gas emissions be minimized as much as possible. Yet there will always be some degree of emissions which cannot be fully prevented even by the most advanced efficiency technologies and prevention measures. This share can be compensated for through investments in other climate protection projects.

The 2006 Football World Cup in Germany was one of the very first large sports events for which unpreventable greenhouse gas emissions were compensated. What was particularly future-thinking about this concept was the criteria of the so-called Gold Standard which helped select relevant climate projects. The Gold Standard includes the highest environmental standards while also aiming to provide the local population with a high social benefit around the project. Moreover, it guarantees a large degree of transparency through monitoring and verification of the achieved savings.

For the 2006 Football World Cup, emissions were compensated for through a number of activities: Several small villages in India were provided with simple biogas plants for cow dung fermentation. This enabled clean biogas to be produced for people to use for cooking. It replaced open smoke-producing fireplaces and improved the health of women and children. Within 10 years, the production of around 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide will thereby be prevented. In addition, some 100 residential buildings damaged by the 2004 tsunami were repaired.

© Photo: German Football Association (DFB), 2006

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