Sustainability at the FIFA World Cup 2022™
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Sustainability Progress Report

Sustainability has been at the heart of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ from the start, premised on the idea that the preparation and delivery of a mega-sporting event can have a significant long term impact on leaving a greener, more equitable place for generations to come.

Our vision for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ is to use the power of football to open the door to a world of amazing experiences. This entails showcasing Qatar’s unique identity through a FIFA World Cup™ that connects people in a shared celebration of football, intercultural understanding and new opportunities for growth and development.

New benchmarks are being set with regard to long-term community use for infrastructure, seamless operations and unparalleled services, which will have a positive impact on the way future FIFA World Cups™ and other large-scale sporting events are organised. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ is building a sustainable and lasting legacy that contributes to FIFA’s vision and Qatar’s national development goals.

To deliver on our vision, maximise the positive legacy of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and set a new benchmark for the sustainability of mega-sporting events, the tournament’s primary delivery partners have defined five joint sustainability commitments. These commitments are grouped into five pillars: human, social, economic, environmental and governance. The pillars form the foundation of our sustainability framework which covers tournament preparation, staging, and post-tournament activities.

Our sustainability framework encompasses our policy commitments, goals, material topics and strategic objectives which are all included in our FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy. The strategy describes in detail the initiatives we are implementing to address the sustainability issues identified as material priorities for the FIFA World Cup 2022™, which will ultimately enable us to deliver on our sustainability commitments.

These sustainability initiatives are being implemented by the tournament organisers in collaboration with organisations in Qatar and internationally. These initiatives not only address the most important sustainability impacts generated by the FIFA World Cup 2022™, they will also leave a positive legacy that will be felt for many years after the final whistle.

The Climate of Sport podcast hosts José Retana, Sustainability Senior Manager at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. His role includes driving the implementation of the Sustainability Strategy for the tournament, developed jointly by FIFA, Qatar 2022 and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. His work aims to maximize the FIFA World Cup’s long-term contribution to people’s rights and well-being, economic development and natural environmental protection, and avoid any adverse impacts that the preparation, staging and post event activities of the tournament could have on these areas. Listen here>>