The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the venue for this year’s World Cup Final, has proved its green credentials.
The stadium has received its final certificate from international green standard organization, BREEAM.
The Spartak Stadium and Kazan Arena have also undergone certification as a mandatory requirement of FIFA and an integral part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy.
The FIFA World Cup has always had a strong influence on many aspects of society in Host Nations, and Russia is no exception.
Certifying stadiums in accordance with sustainable standards is an important aim for the tournament organisers: building sporting arenas in line with ‘green standards’ not only reduces their impact on the environment but also, to a great extent, determines usage in the future, including a decrease in the use of water and energy.
The Luzhniki Stadium, which last November welcomed the Russian and Argentinian national teams for the first game at the venue after a comprehensive renovation, has gone through an entire cycle of certification from design to construction by the same standard.
Decisions concerning the green construction and environmental efficiency of the facility were incorporated into the project from the very early stages.
Energy conservation at the Luzhniki Stadium is achieved through modern heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, as well as bringing together all essential utilities into one automated central system. This will allow complete monitoring and control of how much energy the building is consuming.
Using LED-based lamps instead of incandescent lights will save a significant amount of electricity. The lighting outside of the venue was also installed using electricity-saving strategies.
Water-saving technology at the stadium will allow hundreds of thousands of litres to be saved during a match at full operational capacity.
Large green spaces and a high number of trees already present in the surrounding area were preserved during the reconstruction, while even more greenery was also added. According to the stadium managers, 1,050 trees and bushes were planted, and 15,700m2 of flower beds were laid down.
FIFA head of sustainability & diversity Federico Addiechi said:
Stadiums are key in our efforts to stage a successful and more sustainable FIFA World Cup, which is why FIFA has made green certification mandatory for all arenas used for the event. I am very glad to see that three of the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums have already successfully achieved their sustainable certification following Russian as well as international green building standards.