Emissions will soar

CARBON emissions from next year's Fifa World Cup are expected to soar from the 2006 benchmark set by Germany, host nation South Africa said yesterday.

CARBON emissions from next year's Fifa World Cup are expected to soar from the 2006 benchmark set by Germany, host nation South Africa said yesterday.

Harmful emissions accelerate global warming and major sports events, including Olympic and World Cup tournaments, have since the early 1990s been designed to minimise the impact on the environment.

"The Fifa 2010 World Cup will have the largest carbon footprint of any major event with a goal to be climate-neutral," said Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.

She said the estimated carbon footprint of Africa's first World Cup is 896661 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, with an additional 1856589 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent contributed by long-haul international travel. - Reuters

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