- All the stadiums at Russia 2018 meet international sustainability standards
- 10 out of the 12 stadiums meet the new RUSO standard
- Sustainable infrastructure is a vital part of the FIFA World Cup legacy
Football stadiums are the heart and soul of the FIFA World Cup™, and their environmental sustainability is key to leaving a lasting legacy in the Host Country. In preparing for the tournament, construction and major renovation is almost always necessary. This is why, as of the 2018 edition of the World Cup, FIFA has introduced green building certification as a mandatory requirement for all official FIFA World Cup stadiums under construction or renovation.
The aim of this FIFA requirement is to ensure that the construction and renovation of stadiums are carried out in a more sustainable manner, and that the design of stadiums considers key environmental and social concerns that will allow for more sustainable operation of the stadiums in the long term.
“Stadiums are vital in our efforts to stage a successful and more sustainable FIFA World Cup,” said FIFA Head of Sustainability & Diversity Federico Addiechi. “I am very glad to see that all of the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums have successfully achieved their sustainable certification following Russian as well as international green building standards.”
To comply with FIFA stadium requirements and as part of massive preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, a new standard was drawn up in 2016 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and with the support of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC): RUSO.
This football stadium standard was developed solely for football stadium certification in accordance with the principle of ‘green’ construction. Ten of the twelve FIFA World Cup stadiums were certified according to this new Russian standard, while the other two complied with the international standard BREEAM.
“Achieving green certification for all our stadiums will have a big impact on their effective use in the long run, especially in regards to reducing expenditure on water and energy,” said the LOC’s Head of Sustainability Milana Verkhunova. “This will be a game changer for sports infrastructure in Russia and a true legacy of the FIFA World Cup here.”