Curitiba – Brazil, August 14, 2013: In their aim to make the stadiums that will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ even more sustainable, FIFA and the Brazil 2014 Local Organising Committee (LOC) will this week embark on the Sustainability Training Programme for Stadium Operators. The first workshop of the programme takes place in Curitiba this Thursday (15 Aug) and Friday (16 Aug).
Over the course of two days, stadium operators will be given the information and tools they need to help them carry out their everyday maintenance and management tasks. They will also have the opportunity to exchange information and create contact networks enabling them to enhance standards on a continual basis.
The remaining two workshops will be held in November 2013 and February 2014 at venues that have yet to be decided.
Date: Thursday 15 August. Members of the press may sign up for the opening ceremony only, after which the panel members will be available for interviews.
Time of opening ceremony: 8:30
Participants to the opening ceremony:
• Federico Addiechi, FIFA Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.
• Ricardo Trade, CEO Brazil 2014 LOC.
• Reginaldo Cordeiro, Municipal Secretary for the 2014 FIFA World Cup of the City of Curitiba
• Representative of the Brazilian Federal Government
Venue: Continuing Education Centre, Barigui Park, Barigui Hall (next to the Maggiore restaurant).
Address: Alameda Ecológica Burle Marx, s/nº, Curitiba, PR.
The training programme will be coordinated by the sustainability team set up by FIFA and the LOC. Lending its assistance will be the Building Technology Centre (CTE), a local consultancy specialising in building sustainability. The programme also has the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Sport and the City of Curitiba.
• Marcia Menezes dos Santos, Director of the Special Projects Unit at the Building Technology Centre (CTE) and the chief instructor on the training programme.
• Jennifer Regan, Global Sustainability Director at AEG, a world leader in sports event management and the operator of the Arena da Baixada.
• Henrique Lian, Head of International Affairs at Brazil’s Ethos Institute.
The programme is aimed at public and private managers operating the 12 Brazil 2014 stadiums. Also taking part in the event will be representatives of other organisations with a prominent role to play in running sports facilities across Brazil.
Sustainability training programme for 2014 FIFA World Cup™ stadium operators
The 12 stadiums are the flagships of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. In support of making the upcoming mega-event more sustainable and leaving a positive legacy, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) aim to strengthen the efforts of the stadium operators and Brazilian authorities by offering to all operators a training programme on sustainable operations of football stadiums. This programme shall help continue the high level of sustainability, including in the maintenance and operations of the newly built and renovated stadiums after the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
This initiative is based on the positive experiences of a similar programme during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ in Germany and on the grant programme of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), whereby only stadiums that plan to achieve environmental certification are qualified to receive loans for the construction and renovation of the infrastructure. As a result, most of the stadium authorities have committed to construct their infrastructure according to the requirements for green building certification.
FIFA and the LOC, together with an experienced Brazilian training provider, will launch the training course for all 12 stadium operators on 15 August. The six-day training course is divided into three workshops that will be held in various Host Cities in August 2013, November 2013 and February 2014. The objective is to strengthen the participants’ knowledge of sustainable operations at football stadiums and other sports facilities.
Together with the Host Cities, two participants were identified to represent each stadium. To ensure that the know-how remains with the stadiums after the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, participants who have duties in stadium management, not only in the preparation and staging of the tournament, but also in managing the stadiums and its premises afterwards were chosen.
In the workshops, the participants will be able to exchange their experiences, get to know best practices and discuss ways of optimising the operations of their stadium or facility. The topics covered will include:
• Efficient lighting systems and temperature control to reduce energy use, as well as ways of using renewable energy sources such as solar panels.
• Reducing fresh water use by improving sanitation systems, adapting cleaning schedules and exploring options for collecting rainwater for specific activities such as watering the pitch.
• Responsible sourcing of the materials used in the stadium and for events, including the definition of sustainability criteria in procurement processes.
• Best practices and technologies on waste management to ensure appropriate destination of waste, including recycling and reuse strategies and the use of sustainable cleaning products.
• Approaches on how to engage with communities in the vicinity of the stadium to address their concerns and ensure their support.
• Accessibility: how to ensure that disabled people can access the venue and that their complex and multiple access requirements are met.
• Climate change: best practices and methodologies to avoid, reduce and offset carbon emissions caused by stadium operations.
• Transportation: best practices and models to support more sustainable transportation options for spectators. —- FIFA