World Cup visitors can have their carbon footprint offset for free

miércoles 30 de abril de 2014 18:48 GYT

SAO PAULO, April 30 (Reuters) - Individuals who score tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but worried that the jet travel required to get to matches will contribute to global warming can rest easy.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, on Wednesday said it will cover the cost of programs to neutralize carbon emissions related to travel.

FIFA and BP Target Neutral, a not-for-profit carbon management program run by British energy company BP Plc, on Wednesday launched an online system where ticket holders worldwide can sign up to have their carbon footprints neutralized.

Participants will be entered in a contest to win a pair of tickets for the tournament's final.

"FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee will offset 100 percent of their own operational emissions, and through the campaign launched today, we are encouraging fans to neutralize the carbon emissions resulting from their travel to Brazil," said Federico Addiechi, head of FIFA Corporate Social Responsibility.

BP said it expects to have some 50,000 ticket holders joining the initiative.

The World Cup in continent-size Brazil will probably produce a record volume of carbon emissions for such events, mainly due to the traveling among venues, which in some cases are 5,000 kilometers apart.

Initial estimates have put total emissions of heat-trapping gases at 3.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), compared to around 2.7 million tonnes in South Africa four years ago.

FIFA said it will use offsets from Brazil-based projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Continuación...