Qatar 2022 World Cup criticized for ‘problematic’ carbon footprint promises | World Cup 2022

A new report has warned that the World Cup in Qatar is failing to deliver on its promises to reduce carbon emissions, creating another problem for the tournament.

Organizers have claimed that the 32-team tournament will be the first “carbon neutral” World Cup, meaning that all emissions will be capped and offset. However, Carbon Market Watch (CMW), a non-profit organization that works closely with the European Union, examined the regulators’ plans and found that the projected emissions were likely to be underestimated, given the footprint from the construction of seven new stadiums. Of particular interest.

“It would be great to see the climate impact of the FIFA World Cup tournaments drastically reduced, but the claim to carbon neutrality is not credible,” said Gilles Dufrasne of CMW, author of the analysis. “Despite the lack of transparency, evidence suggests that emissions from this World Cup will be much higher than organizers expected, and it is unlikely that the carbon credits purchased to offset those emissions will have a sufficiently positive impact on the climate.”

At the heart of CMW’s complaint is the calculation that carbon dioxide emissions from the new stadiums can be up to eight times the numbers included in the Qatar analysis. The CMW report claims that the hosts made a calculation that distributes the stadium’s carbon footprint over its lifetime, which the report describes as “problematic.”

“These stadiums were built specifically for the World Cup,” CMW said. “Any future extensive use of so many stadiums in such a small area is uncertain, especially given that Doha only had one large stadium before the World Cup was awarded.”

Former Brazilian international Giuliano Belletti holds the World Cup while the trophy travels around the world. Image source: Tony Karumba / AFP / Getty Images

Other points of criticism related to plans to absorb emissions through a large-scale “tree and grass nursery”. The CMW report claims that this idea is “untrustworthy” as uptake is unlikely to be permanent in these artificial and vulnerable green spaces.” It also calls into question the carbon credit scheme Qatar plans to use to offset remaining emissions at the end of the event.

The new format, known as the Global Carbon Council (GCC), was originally approved by the Qatari authorities and has different criteria than other credit systems in place. It is only used in conjunction with two other projects worldwide and has sold 130,000 credits. At least $1.8 million will be sold for the World Cup.

A spokesman for Qatar’s Supreme Committee, which is responsible for organizing the World Cup, said the country’s commitment to a carbon-neutral World Cup should be “recognized, not criticized” and that CMW’s criticisms were “speculative and inaccurate”.

Many of the trees from the arboretum are endemic to the area, are drought tolerant and will be replanted around stadium areas after the tournament. The Gulf credit system has been approved by a number of bodies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency.

FIFA disputes CMW’s analysis, stating that it is not appropriate to calculate stadium emissions based solely on their use at the World Cup and that “detailed old plans and business models” for stadium use after the tournament exist.

“The organizers are committed to measuring, mitigating and offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions from the 2022 FIFA World Cup while promoting low-carbon solutions in Qatar and the region,” a spokesperson said. “Therefore, at no point did FIFA mislead stakeholders as the report claims.

“FIFA is fully aware of the risks that mega-events pose to the economy, the natural environment, people and societies. [It] Make efforts to manage this impact and seize opportunities as they arise to mitigate the negative impact and maximize the positive impact of her legendary heroism.”