Staging the FIFA World Cup™, the biggest single-sport event in the world, involves a broad range of activities, including major investment in stadiums and infrastructure, transporting millions of people to the matches and Fan Fests while catering for their health and safety, dealing with waste in the stadiums, recruiting and training thousands of volunteers, providing an event that is accessible for everyone, and servicing the 32 participating teams and world media.
This scale inevitably has an impact on society and the environment that must be mitigated. It also represents a unique opportunity to create a positive legacy in the host country. FIFA and the LOC recognise the responsibility that comes with organising this mega-event. We are taking concrete steps towards sustainability, creating best practices for other major sporting events, and hopefully inspiring others to pursue and implement sustainability initiatives.
To ensure that the planning and delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup lessens the negative and enhances the positive impact of the event on people, the economy and the environment, FIFA and the LOC have developed a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy. Past experiences, commitments, international standards and exchanges with stakeholders provided the framework for evaluating and defining priorities that were adapted to the specificities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
For more information on the sustainability projects of the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014, please view the Sustainability Report.