The International Association of Federation Football (FIFA) pledged back in 2010 to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar carbon neutral.
With seven new air-conditioned stadiums built in a desert, and millions of people traveling by air, that appears a tall order. But FIFA documented its estimated carbon emissions and reported a series of carbon credits purchased from renewable energy projects to offset those emissions.
So does FIFA have it covered?
Deutsche Welle’s environmental YouTube channel Planet A published a seven-minute report digging into FIFA’s claims and how they compare to experts’ evaluations.
SEI Senior Scientist Derik Broekhoff commented specifically on the carbon credits, which in FIFA’s case are likely insufficient to compensate for its emissions, according to Planet A. And the renewable energy projects FIFA claims to have invested in may have happened regardless of the credit purchases.
“The world would have been better off if you’d simply reduced your own emissions,” Broekhoff said.