The Paris 2024 agreement intends to present the first Olympic event thriving for a positive contribution to the climate change, whereas the Tokyo Olympics is all set to head out for zero carbon footprint event by using renewable source of energy and utilizing the existing infrastructure for it’s sporting events.
Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a consequence of actions of an individual, organization, or community. The average carbon footprint for a person in United States is 16 tons and globally 4 tons.
In a new initiative, Tokyo organizing committee of Olympics and Para Olympics games (Tokyo 2020) had joined hands with a new programme established by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) “sports for climate action initiative”. The real usage of this initiative is to harness the global popularity of sport to derive concrete actions that evoke the struggle against climate change.
To join the race for being a climate positive organization the IOC announced that Olympics and Winter Olympics games post 2030 will be climate positive and additionally it will indulge in creating a “Olympic Forest“, which will contribute to UN backed Great Wall project in Africa.
Major activities for Tokyo Olympics 2020
- About 60% use of existing venue is reduction of environmental load in venue development
- The new permanent venues will ensure high environmental performances
- Use of renewable electricity for the operation of the Games: Electricity used in competition venues, IBC/MPC, and the Olympic/Paralympic Village will be 100% renewable electricity.
- The Carbon Offset Programme in the Tokyo 2020 Games to compensate CO₂ emissions inevitably emitted even with the implementation of elimination/reduction measures has been commenced
- Tokyo 2020 encourages the participation of the Activities of CO₂ Reduction by Citizens at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The opportunity presented by the Games is a contributor to the process of a decarbonised society.