2010 FIFA World Cup: Recycled Jerseys, Green Transportation and Recycling

From recycled jerseys to high-speed rail systems, the World Cup is going green.

| June 2010 Web

  • Members from each of the nine national teams sponsored by Nike show off their 2010 FIFA World Cup jerseys, made from recycled plastic bottles.
    Photo Courtesy Nike

Major world events emit a lot of carbon dioxide, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup is no exception. The first World Cup to be hosted in Africa, this event is expected to emit about 6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, from international travel to stadium construction and energy use. International travel will account for nearly two-thirds of that estimate, but travel within the country will also add up; the distance between matches is great, and South Africa's limited modes of transportation mean most visitors will fly multiple times to reach the games, leading to higher transport emissions.

The South African government understands the negative environmental impact this event will have, so it set up the Green Goal Program to help reduce any long-term effects from hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Some highlights of this program include:

• Encouraging visitors to use public transportation

• Making sure 50 percent of public transport includes bicycles and other non-mechanized methods



• Using renewable energy to power the stadiums

• Minimizing takeout food packaging



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