Friday, July 16, 2010

The World Cup's Carbon Footprint

A new study from Ernst and Young documents the carbon emissions related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The study shows that the event created a footprint of about 2,753,250 tons of CO2.

The impact was roughly eight times greater than that of the previous World Cup in Germany, due to the great distance teams and fans had to travel to reach venues at the tip of the African continent. International travel was responsible for 67.4% of the total emissions.

Intercity travel between game venues was the second largest contributor at 17.6%, while energy use for accomodations came in third at 12.4%.

Environmental Impact of World Cup Needs Improvement
Sustainable Business
July 15, 2010