How Much Energy Will the 2014 World Cup Consume?

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How Much Energy Will the 2014 World Cup Consume?

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Along with 3 billion other viewers around the world, I plan to tune in for the month-long World Cup to see whether the 22-year old Neymar can withstand the colossal pressure that has been put upon his shoulders to deliver a win for team Brazil.

Every time I turn on my television set, I’m using World Cup-related energy. And that’s just the start. Flying in teams, trainers, equipment, World Cup personnel and the estimated 500,000-plus fans will use enormous volumes of jet fuel.

Add to that powering the stadiums on game days, moving millions of spectators around host-country Brazil, and transmitting the event to billions of viewers worldwide, and you end up with millions of tons of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere.

So while the 2014 World Cup is going to be bigger than ever -- it’s shaping up to be the most watched, most lucrative and expensive tournament in soccer history -- it’s also going to be one of the biggest energy-consuming, greenhouse gas-spewing World Cups in history.

Think about this as the music blasts through the stadium and the fans cheer and scream and the players race up and down the field chasing the ball: The 2014 World Cup tournament will burn through enough energy before it’s over to fuel almost every one of the 260 million cars and trucks in the United States for an entire day, or the equivalent of what 560,000 cars use in a year.

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By far the biggest impact is the billion+ people watching more telly that they would do otherwise. If watching TV is less energy intensive an activity than they would be doing otherwise, then the World Cup could save energy!
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clv101 wrote:By far the biggest impact is the billion+ people watching more telly that they would do otherwise. If watching TV is less energy intensive an activity than they would be doing otherwise, then the World Cup could save energy!
I was wondering last night if watching TV in high definition used more energy. Googled it but seems the only answer requires registering for some app I don't want.

I'm guessing it does, somehow.
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It all depends....

Modern, LED lid LED screen TVs are very efficient for a given screen size compared to all previous technologies. Resolution is not generally a significant factor, as processing power is a small cost. Typically a TV consuming 60 watts would only need 10 watts of that for the electronics and the rest for the screen lighting/ sound.

Obviously HD TVs are on average bigger than standard resolution, but they also tend to be newer. Plasma TVs are very power hungry. I do not know how the new 4K very high resolution TVs compare, but they are huge, and will consume power in proportion to their size.

A 40 inch modern HD TV uses less power than an 20 inch CRT TV.

where power consumption creeps up is in all the extra tuner boxes , recording boxes and wireless sound system boxes that get attached these days. I seem to remember that the Sky cable TV box is particularly greedy. What I suspect happens is that even when the TV is turned off, all these boxes are left running full power, not even in sleep mode, each consuming 10 watts 24/7
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How Much Energy Will the 2014 World Cup Consume?
None of mine, that's for sure.
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I quite like the world cup, don't like football normally though.
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Anybody venture to guess the amount of beer, and munchies consumed by said TV watchers. :D
And the energy to produce same and deliver them to the couch? " Honey sensuous up can you bring me a beer" ( Jeff Foxworthy)
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Whenever I visit my brother's home, there are always 2 TVs turned on, all the time, and neither he or his wife is watching either of them.

I'm glad I don't have his electricity bill.
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PS_RalphW wrote:Whenever I visit my brother's home, there are always 2 TVs turned on, all the time, and neither he or his wife is watching either of them.

I'm glad I don't have his electricity bill.
Electricity seems really cheap to me. Since other half moved out Ive noticed a massive saving on gas bills, but even though I'm out all day and usually prefer radio to TV, the reduction in electric cost seems negligible.
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Is it true the Police there shot a lot of street kids and then bragged about it on facebilge? Fils has seen the pics and as a result wants Brazil to crash ignominiously out of the contest.

At least 2 of us here at Chateau Renewable appreciate good football though, having been players once upon a time.
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I have heard that they have cleaned things up a bit, but there used to be undeclared war between police and drugs gangs in the slums, and widespread rumours of extermination squads that basically went round at night and picked off the young and homeless that they assumed wouldn't be missed.

Brazil has now expanded its economy on the back of oil to the point where the slums are stabilised, population growth is leveling off, and ethnic tensions have eased back a bit.

It won't last.
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Oh I thought they were one of the few examples of a big country that could expand its economy without needing much extra oil, on account of having a road fleet that ran on sugar plant waste? Or is that olde news?
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The England team today visited an orphanage in Brazil. "You should have seen the looks of despair on their sad little faces", said a six-year-old.
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RenewableCandy wrote:Oh I thought they were one of the few examples of a big country that could expand its economy without needing much extra oil, on account of having a road fleet that ran on sugar plant waste? Or is that olde news?
They do make a lot of sugar cane ethanol, but they are maxed out on that. Not least, they depend on large quantities of low cost ethnic labour, and there is only so much land even in Brazil.

Climate change hasn't been doing their crop yields any favours either.

Brazil might get lucky and become oil independent. However, their deep water production has been mixed, due to challenging geology.
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emordnilap wrote:
The England team today visited an orphanage in Brazil. "You should have seen the looks of despair on their sad little faces", said a six-year-old.
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