Qatar is world champion (CO2 per capita)!

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Suppose the World Cup is defined on the basis of the responsibilities of the participating nations in this climate crisis?

World-class sporting events, such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cups, immerse us every four years in different geographies and cultures, providing an excellent opportunity to discover the country’s customs, languages, history, places of interest and much more. host.

On this occasion, and due to the many controversies caused by the organization of this cup, announced as the first to be carbon neutral, it led me to wonder what the results would be if the national teams, instead of representing a sport like soccer, represented their polluting emissions, or their commitment to sustainability. The results are interesting and, in some cases, surprising.

The confederations most responsible for the climate crisis

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) is the institution that coordinates and controls soccer federations around the world and which organizes, among other things, the Soccer World Cup. FIFA brings together 211 soccer associations or federations from different countries.

As a general rule, there can only be one subsidiary per country, although there are some exceptions such as the British nations, which are made up of the four football associations of Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England, since modern football was born in United Kingdom. This is why England and Wales compete separately in the Qatar 2022 competition.
FIFA itself is divided into six global regions or confederations.

FIFA Confederations
FIFA brings together 211 soccer associations or federations from different countries, grouped into six confederations.

For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and taking into account the confederations it represents, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which brings together 55 national associations, provided 13 national teams for the competition. 54 national football associations are part of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which had a quota of 5 national teams for this World Cup. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has 47 national associations represented, with 5 teams for this tournament.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) represents 41 national associations and has provided four teams. It is followed by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), which has 11 national federations, and contributed only one place in this cup. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the smallest of the confederations. It only represents 10 national football federations, but has supplied four teams, that is, the highest proportion based on the number of members.

Ranking of emissions by FIFA member confederation
Ranking of total CO2 emissions for each FIFA member confederation, based on teams participating in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Thus, based on the broadcasts of the national teams of each confederation participating in the 2022 World Cup, Here is the ranking of the most polluting confederations (in tons of CO2 emissions per inhabitant).

  1. Asian Football Confederation (AFC): 16.0 (5 teams)
  2. Oceania Football Confederation (OFC): 14.3 (1 cap)
  3. Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF): 8.4 (4 caps)
  4. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA): 5.4 (13 teams, 12 countries)
  5. South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL): 2.7 (4 teams)
  6. Confederation of African Football (CAF): 1.3 (5 teams)

Qatar: world champion in CO2 emissions per capita in the 2022 World Cup

To define the world champion of CO2 emissions per capita, We take the per capita emissions value of each nation participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and compare it to the opposing team’s emissions value based on the official schedule.

In the quarterfinals, the Qatar it beat Saudi Arabia, Japan beat Serbia, the United States narrowly lost to Australia, and Canada beat South Korea.

In the semifinals, Qatar beat Japan, while theAustralia lost by the narrowest of margins to Canada.

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Qatar is the 40th total CO2 emitter and the second per capita emitter in the world.

In the final round, Japan placed fourth, Australia third, Canada second, and the home country Qatar was the world champion in CO2 emissions per capita.

United States, world champions in total emissions

To define the world champion in total emissions, we take the value of the total emissions of each nation participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and compared it with the value of the total emissions of the opposing team according to the official calendar.

In the quarterfinals, Iran beat Saudi Arabia, Japan beat BrazilThe United States crushed Mexico and Germany narrowly beat South Korea.

The first semi-final pitted Iran against Japan, which they won handily. In the second semifinal match, The United States again defeated Germany.

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The United States is the big winner in terms of total CO2 emissions. It surpasses its biggest rival, Japan, by more than four times.

In the final, Germany lost to Iran and ranked fourth, Iran third. One more time, United States wins and becomes world champion in total emissions – Qatar Cup 2022, comfortably surpassing Japan, worthy of a dolphin, which pollutes slightly less than a quarter of what its rivals pollute annually in the Cup.

Brazil: champion of digital sustainability

But in this bleak picture of the Emissions World Cup, there is good news. Many of you may not know that each website pollutes by causing CO2 emissions. Furthermore, if the Internet were a country, it would be the fourth largest emitter of CO2 in the world.

To draw attention to the issue of “digital pollution”, Karma Metrix analyzes the sustainability of websites and has calculated the CO2 emissions caused by the websites of the participating teams of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

According to the parameters used in this project, combined with the FIFA calendar for this event, the website of the Brazilian Football Federation is the most sustainable (55 kg of CO2 per year), followed by Denmark and Germany (111 kg of CO2 per year each), which share second place. Fourth place is occupied by the host country, Qatar, with 119 kg of CO2 per year.

Digital Sustainability Ranking of the Participating Teams' Websites
Ranking of the digital sustainability of the websites of the teams participating in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

As for the worst students, US National Team Website Ranks Last in Digital Sustainability Rankings (6,655 kg CO2/year), followed by Canada (4,521 kg CO2/year), Switzerland (1,323 kg CO2/year) in 3rd place, Argentina in 4th place with 1,304 kg CO2/year and Australia in 5th position as the worst student with 1,104 kg of CO2/year.

Jamie Franklin

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