Greenest World Cup ever highlights energy poverty in competing countries
Press release, 2 June 2014
One-third of the countries competing in the FIFA 2014 World Cup are unable to produce as much solar energy as one of the stadiums they are competing in.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Ivory Coast and Uruguay all produce less solar power than the 2.5 MW solar capability of the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia. Ghana produces the same amount.
The findings come on the back of a new Poor Peoples’ Energy Outlook report by British NGO Practical Action. The report, which shows what is needed to end energy poverty, calls for a Total Energy Access approach to delivering energy which targets the home, work and community. The report also analyses the policy, capacity and financial measures needed and the actions that governments need to take, together with the private sector and development agencies, in order to promote universal access. It stresses that ‘business as usual’ approaches will not end energy poverty by 2030; the goal of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Simon Trace, CEO of Practical Action said: “It is absurd that there has been a greater investment into renewable energy for a single sporting event than in 11 of the countries competing in it.
“On one hand, the organisers and FIFA are to be congratulated for making a considerable financial investment and making this the greenest World Cup in history.
“However, it is also an indictment of the investment in renewable energy in the developing world that there are ten competing countries that do not even produce as much solar energy as a single World Cup stadium.
“Most of these are developing countries, in which economic growth, health and education of millions of people is severely restricted by the lack of access to electricity for the majority of the population.
“Currently more than one billion people live without access to reliable sources of energy. Without that, people cannot develop and there will always be a substantial proportion of the world’s population living in poverty.
“Our report found that the only way of reaching the vast majority of these populations is not via traditional grid-based electrification as found in the west, but via smaller scale, renewable off-grid solutions such as solar, hydro and wind.
“It is therefore vital that we follow the example set by the World Cup organisers and invest heavily in the new technology we are seeing used so well in Brazil.”
The Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2014 will be presented at the first Sustainable Energy For All forum at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, June 4.
In addition to the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia., three other stadiums – the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte (1.4MW), the Itaipava Arena in Pernambuco (1MW) and the iconic venue for the World Cup Final, Estádio do Maracanã (500KW) will be able to produce a combined total of 5.4 MW of solar energy.
For more information please go to www.practicalaction.org/poor-peoples-energy-outlook or contact Nick Milton on 0044 7880 622059 or Abbie Wells on 0044 7880 671315
World Cup 2014 energy chart
A poster comparing the energy needed to power the 2014 World Cup stadiums with energy used in developing countries. Includes a wall-chart of all fixtures on the reverse.
Poor people's energy outlook 2014
The 2014 edition of the PPEO looks back at three years of analysis and innovative approaches to defining energy access and addressing energy poverty as presented in previous PPEOs, to re-emphasise the key enabling role that energy plays in lifting people out of poverty, and the logic of and necessity to focus on efforts to boost the nascent decentralized energy sector rather than allowing the already well-established and well-funded conventional, grid-focused energy sector to continue to dominate efforts to expand energy access.