Advocates cast doubt on Qatar's carbon neutral World Cup efforts

31/5/2022 2:17:00 AM

Advocates cast doubt on Qatar's carbon neutral World Cup efforts

Advocates cast doubt on Qatar's carbon neutral World Cup efforts

DOHA :Climate advocates have cast doubt on Qatar's efforts to host soccer's first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup by offseting or eliminating emissions that contribute to global warming, according to a report released Tuesday.Organisers in the Gulf Arab state are omitting some greenhouse gas emissions from thei

LinkedIn DOHA :Climate advocates have cast doubt on Qatar's efforts to host soccer's first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup by offseting or eliminating emissions that contribute to global warming, according to a report released Tuesday.LinkedIn DOHA : Climate advocates have cast doubt on Qatar's efforts to host soccer's first climate-neutral FIFA World Cup, according to a report released Tuesday.LinkedIn NEW DELHI : After leading Gujarat Titans to the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in their first season, winning the Twenty20 World Cup with India is next on Hardik Pandya's bucket list.LinkedIn Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho may have been overlooked for next month's Nations League fixtures, but England manager Gareth Southgate says the Manchester United duo can still make the World Cup squad if they can get firing for their club.

Organisers in the Gulf Arab state are omitting some greenhouse gas emissions from their calculations and will rely on flimsy carbon offsets to reach carbon neutrality, said the report, complied by Carbon Market Watch, an advocacy group.In a statement, Qatar's tournament organisers dismissed the conclusions as speculative, saying emissions will be calculated using"best-in practice" methods after the tournament ends to ensure they are based on actual activities."The emissions from this World Cup will be considerably higher than expected by the organisers, and the carbon credits being purchased to offset these emissions are unlikely to have a sufficiently positive impact on the climate.Qatar, the world's largest producer of natural gas, pledged to host a carbon neutral tournament when it bid for the event more than 11 years ago.It also proved Pandya has fully recovered from a back injury which had forced him to play purely as a batter over the last two seasons."Can they claim it's a carbon neutral event at this point? Too early," said Fengqi You, an energy systems engineer at Cornell University.Qatar's tournament organisers dismissed the conclusions as speculative, saying emissions will be calculated using"best-in practice" methods after the tournament ends to ensure they are based on actual activities.That will depend on factors like how many people will attend, You said."But they've got to start playing well with their club.

Carbon Market Watch criticised Qatar's method of spreading the emissions from building stadiums over the lifetime of the facility, rather than counting it all toward the World Cup..Always been that kind of guy to put the team first.But that is a common practice, You said.The academic said it would be impossible for the event to reach carbon neutrality without buying offsets.(which) should be recognised, rather than criticised,” a spokesperson for the tournament organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacay, said in a statement.Once the event is over and all emissions are accounted for, offsetting it all is a question of how much money Qatar is willing to spend buying offsets, generally backed by carbon negative activities like planting trees, he said..The decision to offset its emissions should be"recognized rather than criticized," a spokesperson for the tournament organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said in a statement.Since then, organisers have highlighted the tournament's carbon limiting efforts, such as introducing solar-powered stadium air conditioning, building a reusable stadium from shipping containers and the fact that fans won't need to fly from one match to the next in tiny Qatar." Southgate handed a maiden call-up to West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen for the June internationals and included striker Tammy Abraham, who netted 17 times for AS Roma in Serie A.

Qatar's organisers have highlighted the tournament's carbon limiting efforts, such as introducing solar-powered stadium air conditioning, building a reusable stadium from shipping containers and the fact that fans won't need to fly from one match to the next in tiny Qatar.But Carbon Market Watch's report cast doubt on several initiatives, like a large-scale grass farm that Qatar, which has negligible water resources, has built in the desert to produce stadium-ready turf.(https://www." Former players including ex-India captain Sunil Gavaskar have praised Pandya's composed and deft leadership, which they believe was crucial to Gujarat's victory.(https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/qatars-world-cup-turf-needs-chilled-stadiums-desalinated-water-thrive-2022-02-21) "The claim that this will absorb CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and contribute to reducing the impact of the event is not credible as this carbon storage is unlikely to be permanent in these artificial and vulnerable green spaces," the report says.com/lifestyle/sports/qatars-world-cup-turf-needs-chilled-stadiums-desalinated-water-thrive-2022-02-21) (Reporting and writing by Andrew Mills; Additional reporting by Jake Spring from Sao Paulo, Brazil; Editing by David Gregorio) Source: Reuters."Obviously this will leave a legacy because we are a new franchise, playing for the first time, and we are champions in the first season.

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