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Monday, June 26, 2006

World Cup Goes Carbon Neutral

The World Cup is carbon neutral for the first time this year, despite the dirty energy used and air miles clocked up by both fans and players, thanks to FIFA's use of carbon offset schemes.

By funding a green energy project in Africa and buying up carbon credits to compensate for emissions from German coal-burning power stations, vehicles, and airplanes generated by the event, organizers hope to erase its impact on the earth's climate.

FIFA is funding a project in South Africa that will see coal-fired boilers at Letaba Citrus Farm, South Africa, replaced by biomass boilers fuelled by woodchips from a nearby sawmill.

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