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World Cup teams to offset emissions

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 12:28am
Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Over half of the soccer teams participating in the South African World Cup tournament will offset the carbon dioxide emissions they generate from travel and hotel stays, Swiss offsetter South Pole said on Friday.

The United Nations Environment Programme and the South African ministry of environment have launched an initiative to offset the emissions of the soccer teams, which are expected to generate 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per team, including coaching staff.

According to a study by the Norwegian and South African governments, the World Cup will result in 2.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is eight times as much as the World Cup 2006 in Germany.

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