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Durban was the only host city to commit to hosting an entirely carbon neutral 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup™ event. As a result the Greening Durban 2010 Programme included carbon neutrality as one of its key objectives. Hosting a carbon neutral World Cup event is an ambitious goal as the Durban leg of the World Cup event  emitted approximately 307 000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

The magnitude of this commitment can be understood if one considers that the entire footprint for the World Cup held in Germany was approximately 100 000 tonnes of CO2! In order to meet the carbon neutrality challenge, a series of key interventions have been undertaken. These include: a green review of the stadia; waste, water and energy reduction projects, the Buffelsdraai Community Reforestation Project, biogas to electricity and hydropower offset projects.

Current Status of Project

Some of the major carbon management achievements of the Greening 2010 programme include:

  • The reduction of the installed energy capacity of the new 65 000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium by 30%. This is equivalent to 1.2 million kWh per annum. This was achieved through the use of energy efficient design, mechanical systems and fittings.
  • Reduction of the future water footprint of the stadium by 74%, through rainwater harvesting, pitch-water recycling systems, intelligent irrigation for all landscapes, and water efficient fittings.
  • The Buffelsdraai Community Reforestation Project achieved its Greening Durban 2010 target of 82 000 trees planted before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Future Activities
Currently the potential to extend the Greening programme beyond the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is being investigated. A review of the effectiveness of greening activities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will also be undertaken.