Grass and plants being irrigated
Grass and plants being irrigated

Environmental Sustainability

Preparing Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ is a huge task. These massive construction projects are carefully monitored and controlled to minimise the impact on the environment.

We are reusing and recycling waste and water wherever possible; while smart controls prevent excessive usage of resources across our facilities.

Sustainable building

All eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums are winning plaudits for their sustainable design, construction and everyday management. We use best practices to reduce dust at our sites during construction and all stadiums are on track to achieve at least a 4-star certification from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for design build and construction management – and a gold certification for running operations.

Carbon neutral

Our goal is to offset all greenhouse gas emissions, while advancing low-carbon solutions in Qatar and the region. A carbon-neutral tournament is delivered through a four-step process: awareness, measurement, reduction and offsetting. We are progressing rapidly in all areas.

Renewable energy solutions are planned for wherever possible; solar-powered lighting has already been installed at parking lots and precinct perimeters. Solar-powered air quality monitoring is being tested at training sites. The Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) is researching how cooling systems can be powered by solar panels.

A parking lot
Footballers playing a friendly game

We have also partnered with the Qatar-based Global Carbon Council to deliver some of our carbon offsets from local sources. We will measure our carbon inventory, in collaboration with FIFA, including all the work we've done so far in reducing emissions, such as energy and water-efficient stadiums, using recycled materials and implementing waste management strategies. The final step is to offset whatever inventory remains.

Green spaces

We are creating vast new parks around the stadiums and training sites, which will be irrigated with recycled water. Our Tree Nursery is also producing thousands of trees and we’ve selected low-water-consumption and regional plants for sustainable landscaping. By early 2020, 500,000m2 of turf, 5,000 trees and 80,000 shrubs had been planted in stadium precincts and public spaces across Qatar.

Thanks to our landscape conservation planning, water consumption at operational stadiums is 40% lower than international requirements

  • 75% of plants are native species and drought tolerant to combat desertification, a growing concern across the region
  • Typical desert landscapes are mimicked as much as possible, rather than using turf
  • Irrigation systems for landscape use 100% recycled water
A worker watering grass
Trees growing at a tree nursery

Public transport

To take cars off the road, we’ve developed our public transport system, including the Doha Metro, new bus routes and tram systems in Lusail and Education City. We’re also aiming to shift 25% of public buses to electric buses by 2022 for use during the tournament. This technology will reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution.

A Doha Metro train travelling over a bridge
A tram coming into a station

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