FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™


The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was the first edition of the tournament to be certified to the international standard ISO 20121 for event sustainability management systems. New benchmarks were set with regard to long-term community use of infrastructure, seamless operations and unparalleled services, which will have a positive impact on the way in which future editions of the FIFA World Cup and other largescale sporting events are organised.

Sustainable stadiums

This was the first FIFA World Cup to feature a dedicated programme to manage stadium energy, water and waste impacts through design, construction and operations. All eight tournament stadiums achieved Global Sustainability Assessment System building certification.

The stadiums were designed to be reused and repurposed, with all but one of the arenas featuring demountable components. All of the venues were accessible via public transport. 

Sustainability game changers

more energy efficient

The stadiums boasted efficient cooling and ventilation systems, LED lighting and state-of-the-art building control systems and were 30% more energy efficient than international benchmarks (ASHRAE 90.1).

less water was used than international benchmarks (ASHRAE 90.1/the International Plumbing Code).

of stadium construction waste was reused and recycled.

of construction supplies were obtained from sustainably sourced materials, e.g. indoor spaces finished with nontoxic paint and light-coloured exteriors to minimise heat retention.

stadium seats from six stadiums will be donated for other purposes. They can be easily disassembled, reused and relocated thanks to their modular design.

Climate action and recycling

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy was drawn up to optimise sustainability prior to, during and after the activities surrounding the World Cup. Considerable efforts were made to minimise greenhouse gas emissions and waste throughout the tournament.


for workforce staff and 20,000 volunteers were made from recycled materials and distributed in bags converted from signage and stadium dressing from previous events.


electric vehicle charging stations were installed across Qatar to support vehicle charging during and after the tournament.

Electric & hybrid

vehicles were used during the tournament, including 741 electric public buses (25% of the total bus provision).

of waste from stadiums during the tournament was reused, recycled or composted.

Free use

of public transport was offered to all ticket holders.

Sustainability Progress Report for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Sustainability has been at the heart of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ from the start. Our online Sustainability Progress Report describes how we are delivering against the initiatives of the sustainability strategy.

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The World Cup at a glance

A look-back at the tournament’s record-breaking success as 32 countries contested the month-long competition in Qatar.

Fan experience

Over 1.8 million fans visited Doha’s FIFA Fan Festival to enjoy the live match broadcasts and vibrant entertainment at the greatest football party in the world.

Ticketing and hospitality

The Official Hospitality Programme was the most successful in the tournament's history. It included guaranteed match tickets and a range of other benefits.


Commercial Affiliates helped to bring the FIFA World Cup closer to fans globally and contributed to the successful delivery of the tournament across multiple functional areas.


A comprehensive, dedicated programme oversaw stadium energy and water impacts through efficient design, construction and operations.

Social Impact

Under the Football Unites the World umbrella, FIFA teamed up with a range of international partners and organisations to promote and highlight causes such as antidiscrimination during the FIFA World Cup.