Specifically, that’s 988,400 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent — and that’s not including the international travel necessary to attend the event. (That figure is an astounding 2,046,539 tons.)
According to a feasibility study (.pdf) prepared by the Norwegian Embassy, here’s how it breaks out:
- International transport 67.4%
- Inter-city transport 17.6%
- Intra-city transport 1.4%
- Stadia constructions and materials 0.6%
- Stadia and precinct energy use 0.5%
- Energy use in accommodation 12.4%
Why so much larger? It’s a question of geography and infrastructure, according to the study.
With regard to inter-city transport, distances between matches in South Africa are much greater than in Germany, and there’s a lack of high speed rail — meaning planes, rather than trains, will be the means of choice.
For intra-city transport, it’s the same problem: travel by passenger car or small buses over long distances is less efficient than the light rail used in Germany.
The main takeaway? There’s nothing green about visiting Africa.