POSTED: June 21st 2011

Munich to focus on green goals for the Olympics in 2018

The Munich plan will folllow the FIFA World Cup legacy program / Munich 2018
The Munich plan will folllow the FIFA World Cup legacy program / Munich 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MUNICH, Jun 21: The Munich 2018 bid for the Games proposes the first ever carbon neutral Olympics should they win the campaign as host city and plans to further promote the work of the ‘Green Goals” program.

The ‘Green Goals’ program is an environmental legacy of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany.

The Öko-Institut today presented an updated version of this very program which is the base for Munich 2018’s groundbreaking environmental concept. This innovative green plan will also be used for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany starting June 26-July 17th.

Theo Zwanziger, President of the German Football Association (DFB) and member of the Munich 2018 Board of Trustees, proclaimed, "Munich 2018 has set ambitious targets with its sustainability concept and shows perfectly how the environment and sport play alongside side one another through innovative projects. The fans in Germany deserve the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in their home country.

“The passion for football and the passion for winter sports in Germany are huge and so I’m crossing my fingers for Munich 2018 on 6 July,” he added. 

Bid chair and Olympian figure skater, Katarina Witt said, “In many ways, Germany is already a world-leader in environmental management across a range of fields. A Winter Games in Munich would offer the IOC proven expertise and commitment: Munich 2018 can be a platform for setting new standards in green mega-event staging across the Olympic Movement.

“We truly believe in environmental protection as a social ethic – that’s why we’re committed to staging the first ever carbon-neutral Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and extending Munich’s remarkable sustainability story.”

Founding member of the Green Party and Munich 2018 supervisory board member, Michael Vesper, added, “The environment and sustainability concept of the Munich bid not only guarantees a green legacy for Munich 2018, but will also raise mega-event sustainability to a new level globally. So Munich 2018 is a huge chance for the region, for Germany and for the entire Olympic Movement.”

As Germany is preparing for the start of the FIFA World Cup the Munich 2018 team is readying to travel to Lome, Togo for the last stop on the bid campaign trail at the ANOCA general assembly before the final destination and the vote.

Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang are the three cities vying for the chance to host the 2018 winter Games. The vote will take place in 15 days on July 6th at the IOC session in Durban, South Africa.  

Keywords · Munich 2018 · IOC · FIFA World Cup · green Games · Katarina Witt · Theo Zwanziger · Michael Vesper

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