Green Goal 2010 programme kicks-off

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Johannesburg - A Green Goal 2010 programme has been launched ahead of the World Cup spectacle to ensure that the event is environmentally friendly.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Executive Officer Danny Jordaan, Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and representatives of the host cities signed a pledge on Thursday committing to ensuring a green event.

The pledge stated that they would all support initiatives which addressed waste minimisation, emission reduction, energy efficiency and water conservation.

Jordan said they committed to adhering to sustainability principles and to promote environmental responsibility in organising and hosting the event.

He said the green initiative would not only focus on the World Cup's impact on the environment, but on how to improve it by planting trees, managing waste and conserving water.

Meanwhile, Mabudafhasi said the 2010 FIFA World Cup was a relevant platform to be used to conserve the culture of greening the country's environment.

"It is relevant to use the 2010 FIFA World Cup platform to nurture the culture of greening our environment.

"The 2010 FIFA World Cup is not just a razzmatazz event characterised by pageantry, pomp, merriment and excitement, but it is an event of significant and far-reaching economic impact," she said.

She said these greening initiatives go beyond the week, month or so of sporting activity and include concerns for post-event, environmental and the social and economic impact of the event on the immediate and extended environment.

The greening of the World Cup, she said, was also about striking a balance between the economic, social and ecological sustainable development elements.

Event greening can also be expanded to other activities since the country has become a popular sporting venue and regularly hosts major international events.

"It needs to include a world-class greening effort. The challenge is not only to host a successful event from a logistical and organisational point of view, but also to host an event which will significantly improve the greening profile of the country," she said.

Mabudafhasi said the greening of the 2010 games would be implemented in all the ten host cities stadiums.

These are Soccer City, Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein, Peter Mokaba in Polokwane, Mbombela in Nelspruit, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria and Green Point in Cape Town.

In order to ensure a lasting legacy, the department has developed a National Greening Programme that will mobilise action for practical considerations in energy supply and consumption, water usage efficiency, conservation measures and non-motorised transportation.

The programme is being implemented in alignment with other 2010 projects in order to reach coherent and coordinated timelines.

"We are proudly committed to building a partnership and a coordinated network of actions that would ensure that we score green during the 2010 FIFA World Cup," she said.