POSTED: August 4th 2010

PyeongChang 2018 holds environmental workshop to reduce carbon footprint and host green Games

Gyeongpo in Gangeung is one of the most attractive beaches in South Korea  / Gangwon Province
Gyeongpo in Gangeung is one of the most attractive beaches in South Korea / Gangwon Province

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Aug 4: The PyeongChang 2018 bid hosted an environmental sustainability workshop to focus on ways and means to host truly green and environmentally friendly Games. The bid is studying strategies to reduce carbon emissions a the proposed venues.

The meeting was attended by senior members of the bid team, leading environmental officials from NGOs, renewable energy experts, university professors and government environment officers.

Byung-Nam Lee, PyeongChang 2018 Director General of Evaluation Preparation said: “PyeongChang 2018 is committed to making environmental sustainability a top priority, and with the help of key environmental experts, we will construct and develop venues that minimise carbon emissions and use efficient and renewable sources of energy.”

Key presentations covered: “CO2-Free Green Olympic Games”, presented by Dr. Gi-Jeung Uhm, Climate Change Research Institute of Korea; “Preparation Plans for the Environmental Impact Assessment for Games Venues”, presented by Dr. Man-Sik, Research Institute for Gangwon; “Presentation on the Environment Chapter of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid File”, presented by Dr. Chang-Seok Park, Korea Environment Institute; “Environment-friendly Architectural Methods for Games Facilities”, presented by Ah-Young Chung, Heerim Architects and Planners.

In 2006 Korea adopted the Green Building Certificate Program and all competition and non-competition venues that will be constructed will be built along these guidelines.

The existing venues will be upgraded to meet the standards with renewable energy, rainwater and natural lighting.

PyeongChang is competing against Munich and Annecy to host the 2018 winter Games. The final decision is set to be voted in July 2011 at the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. 

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic bidding · environmental sustainability

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