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The World Cup is one of the most celebrated events in the world with millions of people gathering together to rejoice the spirit of sportsmanship an glory. The competition also serves as an important economic catalyst for the country that has the honor to host it. But besides all the fanfare, the competition can also have negative effects on the country, especially on its environment. EU Infrastructure magazine’s graphic is based on the data from a report by the Norwegian Embassy:
While South Africa and the rest of the continent may be pursuing renewable forms of energy, the world’s biggest sporting event will have anything but an environmental benefit with a report saying the carbon footprint of World Cup 2010 will be six times that of the last competition four years ago in Germany.
However, it’s not just the influx of fans flying in from around the world to see the games, contributing to the footprint, in fact the majority of carbon was caused in the build up to the tournament.
But there is hope:
However, it’s not all bad news. In a bid to cut emissions from cars and public transportation systems, South Africa has constructed the Gautrain, a high-speed rail network that will transport fans around the country.
There are also projects to reduce fossil fuel consumption such as a US$10 million scheme to install solar panels and efficient lights on the streets, stoplights and billboards of the six host cities.