POSTED: December 3rd 2015

Paris 2024 to outline sustainable bid plans at COP21

Paris is hosting the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) / Bigstock
Paris is hosting the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Tomorrow at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris' north-eastern suburb of Le Bourget, Co-President of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee, Tony Estanguet will outline the city's sustainable bid plans.

151 Heads of State and Government and 45,000 delegates will attend the opening of the annual climate change summit from November 30 to December 11. It will be one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever held.

Co-President Estanguet will re-affirm Paris 2024's commitment to developing a sustainable strategy when he speaks on the Innovation of French Sport and the Climate at the summit. The plan will merge primary measures in environmental, economic, and social sustainability through all stages of the bid process.

Also, later on Friday, Estanguet will participate alongside International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach and Mayors from across the globe in a discussion on Summit of Cities for the Climate.

Estanguet, stated, "The scale of the climate change summit illustrates the pressing challenges the world is facing on this matter, and sport must play its part. Paris 2024 is designing a Games Plan to fit in with the long-term aspirations of our city and country, and this means we are committed to ensuring that sustainable practices are at the heart of the bid. Sustainable development is not a goal; it is the very DNA of our candidacy."

"Our environmentally friendly approach will drive down costs by incorporating many existing venues including iconic settings such as the Stade de France, Roland Garros and the Grand Palais. The Seine is also undergoing a large-scale clean-up program, and our ambition is to host Triathlon in the river that runs through the heart of the city in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower," expressed Estanguet.

He concluded, "Our recently announced vision for the Paris 2024 Olympic Village includes a plan to create a new 'Eco-City' with 3,500 innovative and environmentally-sensitive homes for local people once the Games have finished. The location of the Village also means that during the Games 84% of athletes will be within 25 minutes of their competition venue resulting in minimal travel time and reduced emissions. We are absolutely committed to embedding sustainability across all aspects of our bid plans in order to innovate, inspire and change behaviors."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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