Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium has secured its status as an environmentally friendly venue after receiving certification from international green standard BREEAM.
The facility, one of a number of stadia that will be used to host matches at this summer’s FIFA World Cup national football team tournament in Russia, was praised for its various sustainable features.
Upon certifying the venue, BREEAM highlighted how modern heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system are helping to conserve energy, as well as bringing together all essential utilities into one automated central system.
Other key points cited by the international standard include using LED-based lamps instead of incandescent lights to save on electricity; on-site water-saving technology; and large green spaces and a high number of trees in surrounding areas.
Federico Addiechi, head of sustainability and diversity at FIFA, football’s global governing body, praised the efforts by the team at the Luzhniki Stadium.
“Stadiums are key in our efforts to stage a successful and more sustainable FIFA World Cup, which is why FIFA has made green certification mandatory for all arenas used for the event,” Addiechi said.
BREEAM is also in the process of analysing both the Spartak Stadium and Kazan Arena, which in turn could mean that Russia 2018 could boast as many as three ‘green’ stadia.
Milana Verkhunova, head of the local organising committee for Russia 2018, added: “Building World Cup stadiums in accordance with green standards will ensure we have resource-efficient, safe and comfortable football arenas and it will also mean the country’s culture of environmental awareness reaches a new level in general.”