Football for the Planet is the official environmental programme of FIFA and aims to mitigate the negative impact of its activities on the environment. It is the continuation of the environmental programmes that have been developed for FIFA competitions since the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

In Brazil, FIFA and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) implemented projects to reduce the impact of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ on the environment. Activities in Brazil included the following:

Carbon offsetting
Global warming is one of the most pressing issues of our time. One of the main factors in the change in temperature is the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that is released into the atmosphere through human activities. FIFA and the LOC estimated the total carbon footprint of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ would be 2.7m tonnes CO2 of which 251,000 tonnes were under our operational control. FIFA and LOC offset all emission under their operational control through carefully selected carbon-reduction projects in Brazil.

These emissions include travel and accommodation of all staff, officials, teams, volunteers and guests as well as emissions of venues, stadium and offices. In addition, FIFA invited successful ticket applicants to offset the emissions resulting from their travel to the tournament for free, no matter where in the world they are travelling from.

Sustainable stadiums
Most of the FIFA World Cup stadiums in Brazil planned to achieve LEED certification for green buildings and many installed solar panels on their roofs to generate renewable energy. In support of this effort, FIFA and the LOC organised a 6-day training course on sustainable stadium management for all 12 stadium operators.

Waste management in stadiums
The objective of a new waste law in Brazil is to better control the handling and destination of waste. In collaboration with local waste cooperatives, FIFA, the LOC and Coca-Cola developed a waste management system for the stadiums to ensure that waste was handled properly and recycled where necessary. With the promotional appeal of 2014 FIFA World Cup™ mascot Fuleco, messages were developed to inform spectators about what to do and how to discard their waste.