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// 23.11.2007

Green Goal Legacy Report

Returnable cups as a symbol of a successful environmental concept

Green Goal Legacy Report

Looking back on the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, it is clear to see that, on balance, the returnable cup system was the centrepiece of the tournament’s successful waste concept.
The ‘Green Goal’ environmental concept was unique in that it was the first time measurable environmental targets had been set for a football World Cup. The renowned Institute for Applied Ecology was on hand to provide scientific guidance for the design and realisation of the initiative.

So what was the result of the Green Goal Legacy Report? The vast majority of the conditions imposed with the aim of realising a climate-neutral event were complied with satisfactorily in a wide range of areas.
One of the most successful measures was also a first for an event of this size: This was the first World Cup to use returnable cups in the spectator areas. While this made a significant contribution to the clean appearance of the stadia, it also drastically reduced litter volumes by more than 17%.

Excerpt from the Green Goal Legacy Report:
“… The use of returnable beakers was the most important measure in the area of waste within the framework of Green Goal. As a result, a decisive contribution was made to a low-waste World Cup, reduced litter and clean stadiums. The returnable beaker was therefore a symbol for waste avoidance and for a successful overall waste and environment management concept …”
The renowned Institute for Applied Ecology was on hand to provide scientific guidance for the design and realisation of the initiative.

Official press release of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Contact details for information about this topic:

Öko-Institut e.V.
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E-Mail: info@oeko.de
Internet: www.oeko.de

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