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SEI’s Derik Broekhoff casts skeptical view of FIFA World Cup’s carbon neutral claims in How to Save a Planet podcast

The How to Save a Planet podcast investigates how the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar accounts for its carbon neutral claims.

As part of this exploration, host and climate reporter Alex Blumberg talks to SEI’s resident carbon offsetting expert, Derik Broekhoff, who weighs in on whether the world’s biggest athletic event can truly be climate-benign.

Published on 7 July 2022
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Construction cranes hover over a World Cup stadium-in-progress in Qatar, Middle East

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FIFA, the international governing body of football, says its 2022 men’s World Cup tournament taking place in Qatar will be climate neutral.

But, from a million fans flying in, to the eight air conditioned open-air stadiums under construction, to the docked cruise ships that will provide lodging, how can that be?

The climate change-focused podcast, How to Save a Planet, decided to check on these claims. And they learned that FIFA is using carbon offset credits to balance the emissions and climate impact associated with hosting the month-long event.

SEI Senior Scientist Derik Broekhoff breaks down some of the details, including the concept of additionality – or whether a carbon credit purchase actually adds any environmental benefit – and how we might reframe our thinking on carbon offsets.


Derik Broekhoff

Senior Scientist


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