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World Cup to produce 1.4 million tons of greenhouse gas

Brasilia, May 28 (IANS) The Brazil 2014 World Cup will generate 1.4 million tons of greenhouse gas, according to a report released by Brazil's environment ministry.

Izabella Teixeira, Minister of Environment, said direct emissions of greenhouse gases have reached 60,000 tons. Before this, said Teixeira, the government acted by making a public call to the companies to reduce their emissions in April.

"World Cup is 100 percent free of producing direct emissions, which are the ones under our domain such as lodging, building and mobility. The indirect emissions are the ones produced by international air transportation and the ones related to defined circuits in the host cities," Teixeira explained.

The estimation was made by the "Green Passport" program together with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The goal of this joint work is to invite the tourists to make sustainable choices on their visit to Brazil's World Cup.

Teixeira highlighted the certification and sustainable management of the stadiums adding that all the seats will have the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification seal.

Stadium Castelao in Fortaleza, and Fonte Nova in Salvador, have already received the international certification, while Manaus, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Recife will receive it before the beginning of the tournament.

The other four (Cuiaba, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Natal) will be certified before the end of the year. The report was presented together with other environmental actions for the 2014 World Cup in an event held in Brasilia.

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