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Friday, June 6, 2014

Carbon Credit Donations for World Cup Offset 30% of Event's Emissions So Far

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June 5 —  Private-sector carbon credit reduction donations have already offset 30 percent of the estimated carbon emissions to be generated by the upcoming 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, an Environment Ministry official told Bloomberg BNA.

Eleven private-sector companies with certified emissions reduction credits (CERs) issued by Brazilian projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) have donated 420,500 credits to the Environment Ministry's Low Carbon Sustainability Program to offset 420,500 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent.

Each CER is equivalent to one metric ton of carbon-dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq).

The CDM allows developed countries and companies in them, subject to the protocol's emissions limits, to finance projects that reduce carbon emissions in developing nations in exchange for CERs, which are usually applied toward a country's or company's emissions reductions targets under the agreement.

The World Cup will generate 1.406 million tCO2eq in total direct and indirect carbon emissions, according to an emissions inventory done by the Environment Ministry. Thus, the donation of 420,500 CERs has offset 30 percent of the tournament's total emissions, Larissa Villarroel, a public policy specialist with the Environment Ministry, told Bloomberg BNA June 5.

Companies Get Low Carbon Seal

“This is the first time that any country hosting a World Cup has received private-sector CER donations to offset its emissions,” Villarroel said. “The Environment Ministry has awarded the 11 companies making CER donations a Low Carbon seal. This is a certificate that they can use in advertising campaigns to promote their public image as being environmentally conscious and acting sustainably.

“As such, we expect more companies to make CER donations and further offset the World Cup's environmental footprint,” Villarroel said.

Among the donating companies awarded the Low Carbon seal are Rhodia, the Brazilian subsidiary of Solvay S.A., Belgium-based chemical group (100,000 CERs donated); the Brazilian subsidiary of ArcelorMitall, a giant Luxembourg-based steelmaker (70,000 CERs donated); and the Brazilian subsidiary of the Bunge Limited, a U.S-based agribusiness and food company (5,500 CERs donated).

Emissions From Travel, Construction

Most of the World Cup's “indirect” emissions come from international plane travel to Brazil and national plane travel to the 12 cities where the tournament will be held from June 12 to July 13. Other indirect emissions come from the transport of players, their delegations and attendees to the games and energy consumed in hotels where players, delegations and attendees are staying.

“Direct” emissions, an estimated 59,200 tCO2eq, are those generated by Brazilian municipal, state and federal government activities linked to the games, among them building new stadiums and reforming existing ones, generating the energy to light them and transporting state-government health and security officials to them.

Companies that want to donate CERs from Brazilian CDM projects to offset World Cup emissions must register with the Environment Ministry by July 18 and donate the CERs by Nov. 14. The minimum donation is 5,000 CERs.

For More Information

An Environment Ministry statement on the program is available, in Portuguese, at http://bit.ly/1hVB1D7.

A link for companies to register with the Environment Ministry for the CER donations is available, in Portuguese, at http://bit.ly/QdQpVS.

The UN statement on the CER donations program is available, in English, at http://bit.ly/RpvP5C.

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