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RUSSIA 2018: LOC SAYS ‘STADIUMS WILL BE GREENER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE’

European giants, Russia will be the host of the next World Cup which is scheduled to take place in less than a year’s time and ahead of the tournament, the Local Organizing committee had said the ‘stadiums will be greener and more sustainable’.

The World’s governing body, FIFA has aimed at fostering green building standards at FIFA World Cup and ahead of meeting the standards, the LOC of Russia hosted a workshop to discuss current practices of green building standards application, best practices for innovative design solutions and aspects of stadium management and operation after certification yesterday in Moscow.

Milana Verkhunova who is the LOC Sustainability Director said at the workshop;

“Currently, an active work on stadium certification is underway”.

“Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Luzhniki Stadium, Volgograd Arena, Samara Arena and Mordovia Arena were certified at the stage of design. Spartak Stadium received the final BREEAM-in-use certificate with a ‘Good’ level at the end of 2016. Saint Petersburg Stadium, Luzhniki Stadium as well as Kazan Arena are currently in the process of final certification for construction”, she continued.

Certification of stadiums is an integral element of complying with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy.

Stadium Chief Operational Officer, Ivan Yachmentsev also noted at the workshop saying; “The Spartak Stadium has successfully completed the certification process due to a substantial amount of energy efficient solutions implemented at the venue”.

He continued; “For example, the stadium’s unique building management system effectively regulates distribution of power to various utility systems, decreasing energy consumption by 20 to 70 per cent depending on a situation”.

“LED-based lamps in service and office rooms and corridors allow saving up to 90 per cent of electric energy for lighting compared to incandescent lamps. We’ve also used a wide range of environmentally-friendly materials and implemented separate waste collection as part of the certification process”, he reiterated.

Construction of sports facilities meeting green building standard requirements not only helps to minimise stadium environmental impact, but also explore its operation in the future, including reducing expenses for water and energy supply.

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