Qatar Airways Ceo Defends 160 Extra Daily Flights At 'climate-Neutral' World Cup

Many people travel to Qatar for the tournament and need transportation back home. The country is hosting the “carbon-neutral” FIFA World Cup this year, so Qatar has added extra flights.

Qatar Airways announced that it would allow World Cup ticket holders to fly into Qatar and return the same day. Despite many people claiming this is contrary to sustainability. Also, major climate advocates anticipate the move will help tackle pollution.

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Aviation is a major contributor to human-caused climate change. The airline doesn’t specify exactly how the planes use less fuel. But its website says it is one of the youngest fleets in the sky and has implemented 70 fuel optimization programs. Qatar’s oil-based economy has one of the world’s largest per capita carbon footprints.

According to the latest data, the King’s Cup’s carbon footprint will be 3.6 million metric tons of CO2. This Footprint will come from traveling supporters who depart from locations such as Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, and Jeddah. The emissions will also come from flights that leave Kuwait, which have yet to be calculated.

FIFA responded to CNN by saying that the former estimate was published in February 2021. And that they will update their carbon footprint once the World Cup ends.

Qatar has decided to offset the emissions by “investing in green projects.” Organizers have established a “Global Carbon Council” tasked with “identifying quality projects.”

Tree planting is a part of offset programs, but it doesn’t stop overall emissions from burning fossil fuels. Climate experts have pointed out this fact. Highlight this program’s limitations and how they are sometimes overstated to allow for business as usual.

The report released today by Carbon Market Watch found that the World Cup’s carbon credit plan supported projects with a “low level of environmental integrity.” The World Cup is set to start in late November.

The report also criticized FIFA’s estimated emissions from the tournament. Also, calling the choice of accounting “inadequate.”

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy responded to the media with a statement claiming. That the report was inaccurate and that it should be taken into account from speculation.

FIFA’s methodology for calculating its carbon-neutral commitment has been consistently used throughout its history. Also, it is designed to provide the most accurate, up-to-date data for its goal. There are no discrepancies when using this methodology, and a comparison can be made with current data.

When faced with pressure from the public and officials over the money it makes, FIFA defended its current accounting method. It explains that they use a widely-used standard called the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to determine how much money they make.

FIFA has released an official statement claiming that it hasn’t misled its stakeholders about the risks that mega-events pose on the economy and natural environment. It also fully understands what these threats mean for people and communities.

Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup is a major achievement. One of the advantages is that much of the event will take place in one venue. They negate nearly all home-based flights and cut down on carbon emissions.

With over 3 million people coming to watch, not to mention all the noise they make. The stadiums would inevitably feel overcrowded by football fans. Flying in and out of the country every day would help relieve some of the pressure.

When people asked if they could purchase tickets to bring their significant others on the second flight, it’s always been the plan to allow them.

“Our Emir’s Highness always wanted to share the benefits of this tournament,” he said.

“It’s feasible because our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to process people quickly. We also have massive transportation facilities, such as the Metro.”


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Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.


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