The carbon footprint for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be reduced with the aid of solar power installed at two of Brazil’s major stadiums where the games are being held. While it may be unnoticeable to the hundreds of thousands of soccer fans, this World Cup sets a benchmark in football’s 83-year history as being one of the most environmentally sustainable events that has ever been staged.
FIFA will reduce the carbon footprint of the tournament and develop measures to avoid, reduce and offset its emissions for many of the FIFA World Cup stadiums in Brazil. It has achieved its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for many of its stadiums in Brazil.
The Maracana Stadium solar PV installation has a capacity of 390kWp and it will provide enough electricity to power 240 homes annually and reduce Brazil’s carbon emission by 2560 tonnes each year.
Arena Pernambuco’s solar PV system is expected to generate more than 1500 MWh of clean energy each year. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 6000 Brazilians and the system will meet 30 per cent of Arena Pernambuco’s electricity demand. When the stadium is not in use, solar power will be delivered to the local community’s electricity grid through Brazil’s net energy metering program. Visitors to the stadium will be able to track the system’s performance at a Visitor Centre designed to educate the public about solar energy. The installation includes sophisticated solar generation and weather monitoring stations to support the city’s solar energy research and development.