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October 08, 2009

Cape Town goes green for 2010

Green Goal 2010 is part of Cape Town’s commitment as a host city to ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is environmentally friendly.

The programme has a total of 41 projects, each aiming to educate people about how to reduce our impact on the environment.  The projects deal with raising awareness, minimising waste, diversifying and using energy efficiently, consuming water sparingly, compensating for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™’s carbon footprint, practising responsible tourism and constructing infrastructure with future generations in mind.

Green Goal looks beyond the 2010 tournament towards its long-term environmental, social and economic impact.

The programme offers Cape Town an opportunity to demonstrate to the world its commitment to responsible environmental management as well as improving the living environment and livelihoods of its people.

Cape Town launched the Green Goal 2010 Action Plan on October 17, 2008. Informed by a series of workshops sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the action plan brought together stakeholders such as the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, non-governmental organisations, the 2010 Local Organising Committee and the City of Cape Town.

In 2009 the process was taken further as three workshops took place, discussing the issues relating to the implementation of the projects.

Close to three-quarters of the 41 Green Goal projects have already been started.

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