Brazil 2014 will create more renewable energy than any other World Cup ...

... but 1.2 billion people worldwide still have no access to electricity

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.

These World Cup venues produce more solar energy than many of the countries competing in the Cup ...

The Maracana stadium can produce 500KW of solar energy.

In Cameroon the entire country produces just 65KW of solar energy

  • The average person in the US uses 22 times as much energy as the average person in Cameroon
  • Cameroon has a population of 22.3m, of whom only 16% have access to clean fuels - 78% of the country use solid fuel for energy

The Estadio Nacional (Brasilia) stadium is the greenest of all World Cup stadia, producing a staggering 2.5MW of solar power.

In Ghana the entire country produces approximately the same amount of solar energy as this one stadium.

  • 84% of Ghana's 23.5 million people rely on dirty solid fuels for energy
  • Only 11% of Ghana's population have access to clean fuels

The Mineirão stadium is fitted with huge solar panels capable of producing 1.4MW of power.

In comparison, Ivory Coast produces just over half the solar power of this one stadium.

  • 79% of Ivory Coast's population use dirty fuel as a primary energy source
  • Only 14% have access to clean fuels for cooking such as electricity or gas

The Itaipava Arena in Pernambuco can produce 1MW of solar power.

World Cup contender Honduras produces just over half the solar power of this one stadium.

  • 79% of population the population of Honduras use dirty fuel as a primary energy source
  • Only 14% have access to clean fuels for cooking such as electricity or gas

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.

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 10 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.”

For more information please go to or contact Nick Milton on 0044 7880 622059 or Abbie Wells on 0044 7880 671315

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