POSTED: February 1st 2017
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Paris 2024 uses bold strategy to ready themselves to deliver the most sustainable Games ever

The reduction of the carbon footprint of Paris 2024 compared with London 2012 and Rio 2016 © Paris 2024
The reduction of the carbon footprint of Paris 2024 compared with London 2012 and Rio 2016 © Paris 2024

All energy will be green electricity © Paris 2024
All energy will be green electricity © Paris 2024

All spectators will be able to use public transportation © Paris 2024
All spectators will be able to use public transportation © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee aims to deliver the most sustainable Games ever and they will use a bold strategy to accomplish this feat.

Paris 2024 is the first Games to fully align with the Paris Climate Agreement as it offers a compact plan, innovative sustainability initiatives, and the best transportation system for an Olympics.

"We are on track to be the most sustainable Games to date, allowing us to fully align with the groundbreaking Paris Climate Agreement, helping protect our planet for future generations. Paris 2024's commitment to delivering truly sustainable Games with a strong environmental legacy is one of the driving forces behind our Games of passion and purpose," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chair, Tony Estanguet.

The heart of Paris 2024's planning is environmental safeguards and climate action strategies. 95% of the planned venues are existing or temporary structures and Paris 2024 emissions reduction strategy, which will result in a 55% smaller carbon footprint than London 2012 is truly groundbreaking. This will make Paris 2024 the most sustainable Games, so far.

The bid's clean transport policy includes the following innovations from Paris 2024 Official Sponsor, RATP:

·                Shared or public transportation for 100% of spectators.

·                About 85% of athletes in the Olympic Village will be within 30 minutes of competition venues and areas.

·                100% green electricity will be used throughout the Games. 

·                Approximately three-quarters of spectators will be within 30 minutes by bike of venues.

·                RATP to provide a fleet of clean buses.

·                A new high-performance rail network.

In addition, the Olympic and Paralympic Village will be a model of sustainable development as low carbon and eco-designed buildings will be used. It will also use 100% renewable energy and have a zero waste policy, which will be strongly enforced.

Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo stated, "Our bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a major part of our plan to do that. We are working hand in hand with Paris 2024 and its partners to ensure the Games we create will contribute to a leap forward on the hosting of sustainable global events, fully in line with the Paris Agreement."

Paris 2024 is on track to become the first bid campaign to be carbon neutral thanks to Paris 2024 Official Partner, Caisse des Depots et Consignations who is helping to neutralize the bid's carbon emissions. The bid is also aiming to obtain ISO 20121 certification, an international best practice certificate in sustainable event management, which no bid committee has ever sought to accomplish.

Estanguet concluded, "Through our compact Games concept and innovative use of eco-friendly transport and infrastructure solutions, we are creating a blueprint for responsible event hosting and sustainable urban development, which we hope to share with the world. While the city of Paris' determination to fight climate change reaffirms its status as a global leader in environmental initiatives and action against global warming. Our strategic partnerships with WWF France and the Caisse des Depots et Consignations ensure a best practice approach to sustainability is right at the heart of our bid."

** 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 www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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