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Air quality

Air pollution control at construction sites

Initiative description: Minimising the level of dust and fine particulate matter produced by construction activities through best practice strategies in line with sustainable building certification requirements including pre-watering, isolating dust-producing activities and reducing the movement of heavy construction equipment.

Construction dust and particulate matter from the exhaust of construction vehicles and equipment is closely monitored and controlled at FIFA World Cup 2022™construction sites. Lower levels of air pollution mean better cardiovascular and respiratory health for site workers and the local population.

In 2020, we published a best practice guide for dust management at construction sites. Drawing on our experience from stadium construction, the report sets out best practices for dust management, which reflect the methods and measures implemented. These include:

  • water spraying to suppress dust on site

  • using tarpaulin to cover stockpiles

  • locating sensitive receptor areas (such as temporary offices, residential areas, workers’ accommodation, etc.) away from the plant and equipment

  • site audits for continuous supervision of mitigation measures

  • creating a programme of continuous development to raise awareness and share best practice

    The knowledge gained during stadium construction is not only delivering measurable improvements in quality now, but is generating opportunities to learn and improve for wider audiences in the construction sector.