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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Renewable Energy Use

Initiative description: Identifying options and implementing projects to maximise the feasible use of renewable energy for FIFA World Cup 2022™ sites and overlay infrastructure.

We are committed to delivering the first ever carbon neutral FIFA World Cup™. Achieving this will deliver a legacy of climate action for Qatar and the region.

Solar energy will make an important contribution to powering the tournament, with the local government, currently constructing an 800 MW solar power plant.

The plant will deliver renewable energy before the tournament begins, and will continue to do so long after the tournament concludes – providing approximately 10% of Qatar’s electricity demand while reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 26 million tonnes during its lifetime.

In addition, a number of renewable energy demonstration projects have been installed at stadium precincts and training sites. For example:

  • Al Bayt Stadium completed installation of solar powered lighting across all external parking lots and the precinct perimeter

  • At Al Janoub, external perimeter temporary fencing includes solar powered lights

  • At Al Thumama Stadium, a research facility was established to study high-efficiency cooling powered exclusively by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels

  • Solar-powered air quality monitoring was conducted at Al Wahda Training Site

Building on these renewable energy demonstration projects, a total of approximately 1 MW of renewable energy has now been installed in stadium precincts and training sites.