FIFA celebrates World Environment Day

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  • June 5 is World Environment Day

  • FIFA is committed to protecting the environment, its biodiversity and the climate

  • FIFA will measure and offset its unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions related to Qatar 2022

The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Each year, sea plants produce more than half of the oxygen in our atmosphere, and a mature tree purifies our air, absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange.

World Environment Day highlights the importance of nature to our livelihoods. Since 1974, it has been celebrated annually on June 5: committing governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues.

FIFA is committed to protecting the environment, its biodiversity and the climate, thus contributing concretely to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this commitment, FIFA will reduce its consumption of resources, consolidate and further improve its management of environmental risks, liabilities and opportunities with the aim of mitigating any negative impact on the environment.

Over the past decade, FIFA has continuously increased its requirements and expanded its programs related to environmental protection covering issues such as climate change, waste management, recycling and sustainable construction.

In 2016, FIFA joined the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, becoming the first international sports organization to do so. By joining the campaign, FIFA pledged to continue its efforts to become greenhouse gas neutral by the middle of the 21st century. FIFA has measured and offset unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions related to the FIFA World Cups in Brazil and Russia. These climate actions will also continue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

“Our commitment to protecting our climate remains unwavering. We recognize the critical need for everyone to help implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the change needed to achieve greenhouse gas emissions neutrality in the second half of the 21st century,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

You can read more about FIFA’s action on carbon measurement and offsetting here.

The joint FIFA World Cup™ Sustainability Strategy for Qatar 2022 is available here.

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