POSTED: September 19th 2016

Olympics: PyeongChang 2018 earns the first sustainability certificate for a winter Games

This makes the third edition of the Olympic Games to receive the sustainability certificate © POCOG
This makes the third edition of the Olympic Games to receive the sustainability certificate © POCOG

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The PyeongChang 2018 organizers announced today that they have received the first ISO 20121 certification for the winter Olympics for sustainable practices. After London 2012 and Rio 2016, PyeongChang will be the third edition of the Olympics to receive such a recognition.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) President Hee-beom Lee was awarded the ISO 20121 certification by SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) on September 19 at the committee's headquarters.  

President Lee said, "From the bidding stage of the Games, the Organizing Committee was faced with sustainability-related concerns. Nonetheless, with this sustainability management system, we are confident to leave a lasting legacy by applying sustainable practices."

ISO 20121, also known as the Event Sustainability Management System, is a management system standard that has been designed to help organizations improve sustainability throughout the entire event management cycle, which includes event related activities, products, and services. POCOG has also strived for high sustainability standards throughout the preparation process and applied them in key areas such as transportation, volunteer recruitment and training, food and beverages, waste disposal etc.    

POCOG confirmed that the certificate is valid for the next three years and will be monitored by satisfactory surveillance audits in 11 functional areas, i.e. Sustainability (SUS), Accessibility (ACS), People Management (PEM), Food & Beverage (FNB), Cleaning & Waste (CNW), Procurement (PRC), Transport (TRA), Olympic Torch Relay (OTR), Paralympic Games Integration (PGI), Legacy (LGY), and Security (SEC). 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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