POSTED: January 30th 2016

Olympics: Early plans for sustainable and minimal impact Games published by Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee wants to emphasize sustainability in today's world / Bigstock
The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee wants to emphasize sustainability in today's world / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To confirm their readiness to deliver minimal impactful Games, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has published its High-level Sustainability Plan and Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code. They also aim to boost awareness of how important sustainability is in today's world.

"Among the recommendations adopted in the Olympic Agenda 2020 is the important theme of sustainability. Tokyo 2020 has also made sustainability one of its overriding priorities and will include sustainability in all aspects of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Moreover, we have incorporated several Japanese values into our plans including the concept of Mottainai, or the sense of avoiding waste," expressed Senior Director of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Department, Takeo Tanaka.

Tokyo 2020 is truly accepting the concept of "sustainability" in all its preparations. They are not only focusing on environmental matters, but also working conditions, management of supply chains, and human rights.

Furthermore, the High-level Sustainability Plan outlines the standard approach to maintaining sustainability in the operations and preparations for the Games. The sustainability plan is to be finalized by the end of 2016 and Tokyo 2020 aims to secure the ISO 20121 international standard for event sustainability management.

In addition, to ensure sourcing of services and products that are vital to a successful Games, Tokyo 2020 put together the Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable code. It also took in consideration of equity, economic rationality, and fairness.  

Both documents proved a framework for sustainability from the planning stage while still allowing for further development as information, ideas, and opinions from various delivery partners are collected. Also, Tokyo 2020 is inviting people throughout Japan and across the world to give their suggestions through the Tokyo 2020 official website until February 12th.

** 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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