One of the requirements imposed by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) for awarding loans for the construction of World Cup stadiums was for the project to adopt certified sustainability practices. And it was no different for the Pernambuco Arena.
In order for the venue to be awarded the silver LEED certificate, awarded by the Green Building Council (GBC), a non-governmental organisation, a consultancy service was commissioned from the Centre for Technology in Buildings. Therefore, the project has provided for solar power and rainwater to be captured, as well as natural ventilation and solid waste management. Several sustainable measures were adopted during construction. For example, the building site had its own sewage treatment plant.
The project employed measures for selective rubbish collection, prevention against smoking and water was reused to wash the wheels of lorries. Another of the project's aspect is related to urban mobility. The venue is three kilometres from a bus terminal and 19 km from the airport, reducing the need for the use of automobiles.
The new multi-purpose stadium will have its own solar power plant, able to generate enough energy to cater for the equivalent of the average consumption of 6 thousand Brazilians. Located in a 14.5 thousand square metres plot of land, next to the Pernambuco Arena, the photovoltaic solar plant will have an installed capacity of 1MWp, which results in the generation of 1.5 thousand MW. In all, R$ 12.8 million have been invested.
While there is no internal demand, the surplus will be directed towards the energy distribution grid of the state of Pernambuco and will be able to be used by other consumers.
In order to develop the plant’s basic project, the Solar Energy Institute of the Madrid Polytechnic University and the Institute of Electrotechnics of the São Paulo University (USP) were hired, in addition to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), from the United States. The project is expected to be delivered by June 2013, before the Confederations Cup.