The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) recently signed an agreement with the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) to support the delivery of a carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™ in 2022.

Under the agreement, the Global Carbon Trust (GCT), part of GORD, will develop assessment standards to measure carbon reduction, work with organisations across Qatar and the region to implement carbon reduction projects and issue carbon credits which offset emissions related to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

According to Federico Addiechi, Head of FIFA Sustainability and Diversity, the SC has yet again underlined its commitment to organising a carbon neutral and sustainable FIFA World Cup in Qatar with this agreement.

 Developing and promoting local and regional low-carbon projects to offset the unavoidable emissions of the tournament will also leave a positive legacy for continued climate action after the final whistle in December 2022.’

SC’s objective is to reach carbon neutrality before the tournament kicks off and leverage the event to leave a climate legacy for Qatar and the region.

The agreement was signed by Engineer Hilal Al Kuwari, Chairman of the SC Technical Delivery Office, and Dr Yousef Mohamed Al Horr, GORD Chairman, during the recently held Qatar Sustainability Summit.

Engineer Al Kuwari said they are pleased to once again be partnering with GORD.

GORD has become a trusted partner of the SC, with the two organisations developing a strong working relationship in recent years. GORD developed the Global Sustainability Assessment System – which we use to ensure all our stadiums meet stringent sustainability benchmarks, in line with the expectations of FIFA.’

The GCT will develop sustainability projects with organisations and businesses in Qatar and across the region which reduce carbon emissions and issue carbon credits. These carbon credits will help offset tournament-related emissions.

Dr Al Horr said GORD was proud to be playing a key role in supporting the delivery of a carbon-neutral World Cup.

In line with SC’s objectives and Qatar National Vision 2030, we are aiming to support the delivery of a tournament which boosts awareness of the environment and sustainability across the country and region.’

Qatar has long committed to host a carbon-neutral World Cup. This commitment includes raising public awareness, inventory, mitigation and offset of unavoidable emissions.

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