The Qatar 2022 World Cup, to be held between November 21 and December 18, became the first in history to obtain ISO 20121 certification, an international standard that establishes the conditions for organizing a sustainable event.
The organization’s CEO, Nasser Al Khater, assured that “sustainability was always at the heart of Qatar 2022”, so “this international recognition reflects the commitment to it”.
“Among the many legacies of this tournament, sustainability is a fundamental element of our planning and preparation. I hope future tournament organizers consider us a model for hosting a mega event,” he said in a statement.
For his part, the Sustainability Manager of the World Cup Organizing Committee, José Retana, said: “We are proud to become the first FIFA World Cup in history to obtain ISO 20121 certification. This shows that, according to the evaluation carried out by an accredited entity, world-class management practices are being implemented to offer an inclusive and ecological event”.
The certification was granted after an audit that began during the 2021 Arab Cup, held a year before what will be the first World Cup in history hosted by the Arab world.
The SGS company, specializing in the analysis of regulations for sporting mega-events, issued the certification based on the following criteria: infrastructure and accessibility services for disabled fans; waste minimization and recycling; use of reusable materials (recyclable plastic uniforms and use of compostable food containers) and correction of incidents marked during the development of the Arab Cup.