POSTED: Friday January 21st 2011
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PyeongChang 2018's Winter Games Plan receives support from local environmental groups
PyeongChang has the cleanest air and water in Korea
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA, 21 JANUARY 2011: The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee today reaffirmed its commitment to organising a sustainable Winter Games, and announced the completion of the bid's sustainability research report.
The report, entitled 'Green Dream: O2 Plus Winter Games', was prepared by the bid's Environment Committee in partnership with distinguished environmental organisations, such as the Climate Change Research Institute of Korea. Highlights of the report were featured in PyeongChang 2018's Candidate File which was submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) earlier this month. The full report will also be presented to the IOC Evaluation Commission when it visits PyeongChang in February 2011.
The report confirmed that the existing renewable energy facilities in the region can already provide 73.4% of the electric energy demand for a Winter Games, and that a new wind energy plant will be constructed to make the Winter Games self-sufficient with renewable energy in 2018.
Local environmental organisations have responded positively to the sustainability plans announced by PyeongChang 2018 and have added their support to the bid. Following the launch of the environment report, Mr. Ki-jong Uhm, a member a local preservation movement called 'Our Home PyeongChang 21', read through a resolution on behalf of the environmental group. Through the resolution, the group will observe and help fulfil PyeongChang's plans to host a carbon-neutral Winter Games in 2018.
Ki-jong Uhm, member of preservation movement 'Our Home PyeongChang 21', said: "On behalf of the organisations gathered today, I am happy to announce our backing of the bid's sustainability initiatives and to deliver our promise of support. We believe PyeongChang 2018's carbon-neutral Winter Games will be a lasting legacy for our next generation, and we are proud to be a part of that process."
Gwang-jae Lee, Governor of Gangwon Province, said: "PyeongChang has the cleanest air and water in our country, and protecting this beautiful environment is a priority for our Winter Games Plan. I am firmly committed to ensuring that PyeongChang 2018 delivers on its promise to organise a sustainable Winter Games should we have the honour of being a Host City in 2018."
Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO, said: "PyeongChang 2018 is dedicated to sustainable development, and I welcome the completion of our Environment Committee's special report on how we can deliver an environmentally-friendly Winter Games.
"I would also like to express my appreciation for the local conservation groups' support. Their backing highlights that we have developed a Winter Games Plan that exceeds the highest environmental standards."
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Please find attached to this press release an image of the launch of PyeongChang 2018's sustainability research report.
The city of PyeongChang in Gangwon Province, South Korea is bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The city's bid is managed by the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee, a non-profit organisation that was established on 14 September 2009. The Chairman and CEO of the Bid Committee is Yang Ho Cho, who is also Chairman of Korean Air. Additional members of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee include representatives from all levels of national and local government, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), the Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC), winter sports athletes and para-athletes, and private businesses. The election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place during the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011.
For further information about PyeongChang's bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, please visit http://www.pyeongchang2018.org
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Name: Sujit Jasani
Organization: PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee
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