POSTED: March 27th 2017

Paris 2024 is awarded prestigious sustainability certificate

Paris 2024 Co-Chair Tony Estanguet switching off the Eiffel Tower lights to mark Earth Hour 2017 with WWF France © Paris 2024
Paris 2024 Co-Chair Tony Estanguet switching off the Eiffel Tower lights to mark Earth Hour 2017 with WWF France © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Paris 2024 made history as the first Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidature City to be awarded the prestigious ISO 20121 certification. Paris is running against Los Angeles to host the summer Games and the IOC will select their final host city in September this year.

"Environmental responsibility is part of our DNA. Since the beginning of the bid, we have been driven by a strong environmental ambition, in accordance with the Paris Accord.  Paris 2024's project puts forward a sustainable management system that guarantees our candidature maintains an exemplary approach to sustainable development," expressed Paris 2024 Head of Sustainability, Jerome Lachaze.

The internationally-recognized standard is given to event organizers that can guarantee that major global events held will use sustainable management. The certification was awarded by SGS, an independent, Swiss-based audit body, who found that Paris 2024 had excelled in four critical areas.

1.       Social Consultation - Paris 2024 discussed a variety of aspects of the bid with various social development bodies to ensure responsible and sustainable planning.

2.       Commitment to stakeholders - The Bid Committee stakeholders include private companies, public sector, sports entities, and schools.

3.       Governance - Paris 2024 has a code of ethics that practices sustainable innovation, financial transparency, and environmental responsibility.

4.       Legacy - Paris 2024 will leave a lasting legacy for all the people of France using more social enterprises, sport, and sustainable projects.

SGS Development Director, Zakri Toufik stated, "SGS carried out a thorough audit of Paris 2024's candidature including risk identification and evaluation, dialogue with stakeholders, operational control, and communication. The audit highlighted a real consistency between the executive management's vision and the systems and processes put in place to create a sound economic, environmental, social and societal project. Several strong points were identified, particularly the strength of the dialogue with stakeholders. Since the very beginning of the project, Paris 2024 has established strong values such as inclusion, integrity, and transparency."

Lachaze added, "Our objective is to go further than current standards by respecting Olympic Agenda 2020 and organizing the most sustainable Games ever. The ISO 20121 certification guarantees that Paris 2024 will have, from the very beginning, a sustainable management system that will exceed IOC expectations."

In addition, Paris 2024 played an important role in this year's Earth Hour. Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet was on hand to turn off the lights of the Eiffel Tower to showcase the city's commitment to the global event, along with the bid's pledge to deliver a sustainable Games.

"Sustainable development has been at the heart of our project since the very beginning and will continue to be so. It is not an objective but a part of our bid's DNA...We have devised a comprehensive project that promotes a low carbon impact, responsible management, financial transparency and a unique Games legacy...We have the ambition to offer Games that will have a positive, lasting impact on French society and on the Olympic movement. The ISO 20121 certification guarantees that we will organize sustainable Games, in accordance with the Agenda 2020," commented Estanguet.

Paris 2024 hopes to be given the chance to cement their place as the most sustainable Games to ever be held.

** 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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