POSTED: October 31st 2014

Rio 2016 launches carbon footprint report for the Games

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Carbon Footprint Report of the Games was launched Thursday by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The report presents an estimated calculation of the carbon footprint, technological reduction, compensation, and mitigation actions of the Games. This provides a goal to encourage the Olympic Games to stimulate a lower carbon economy and begin implementing solutions.

The first task is to avoid emissions said Tania Braga, the Head of Sustainability, Accessibility and Legacy of Rio 2016, "Our goal is to implement actions to minimize the emission of greenhouse gases, i.e., to deliver low carbon Games and to create a beneficial and lasting legacy for the country's economy."

The total estimated footprint is 3.6 million tonnes of carbon, taking into account emissions from the venues construction, operations, the city, and spectator infrastructure.

The Committee will rely on Dow, the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016, to compensate for the total of two million tonnes through technological mitigation using their innovative solutions. For instance, the company has conducted numerous actions in the agriculture, industry and infrastructure areas, using solutions to allow for higher energy efficiency by using technologies designed to reduce food waste.

To partially compensate for the 1.6 million tonnes of carbon in which the State of Rio de Janeiro is responsible for, there will be many trees planted. The remainder of compensation will be done through the development of restoration programs of the Atlantic Forest biome, along with other solutions that will aim for a lower carbon economy.

The Committee also intends to focus their efforts in the planning of operations to reduce emmissions at the source, using a number of initiatives including the reduction of materials by intelligent design and sustainable procurement of the entire supply chain. On top of that replacing fossil fuels with renewable and alternative fuels.

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Olympic Games · Paralympic Games · Tania Braga · Carbon · Emissions

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