POSTED: Saturday April 30th 2011


Bid leaders promote green vision at 9th World Conference on Sport and the Environment

Doha, Qatar, 30 April 2011: Munich 2018 Chair, Katarina Witt, the CEO,  Bernhard Schwank, and General Director of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Michael Vesper, are heading a Bid Committee delegation promoting the Bavarian capital’s groundbreaking environmental concept at the 9th World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Doha.

The conference will bring together the world’s most influential figures in the field of sport and the environment - leading academics and experienced professionals who understand the pivotal role sport has to play in tackling climate change. The conference represents an ideal opportunity for Munich 2018 to share its vision for staging the first ever carbon-neutral Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will include the unprecedented step of offsetting all international travel of guests.

Katarina Witt was excited to be participating in an event so closely aligned with Munich 2018’s core priorities:

‘We are delighted to be attending this prestigious event. Sustainability has been the cornerstone of our bid concept since the very earliest planning phase. We have dedicated an enormous amount of time and resources to it and we are proud of the ecological roadmap we have created.

‘In many ways, Germany is already a world-leader in environmental management across a range of fields. A Winter Games in Munich would connect the IOC with proven expertise and commitment: Munich 2018 can be a platform for setting new global standards in green mega-event staging across the Olympic Movement.’

The delegation’s primary focus will be on raising awareness of Munich 2018’s ‘Flagship 18’ initiative - a series of 18 pioneering projects addressing the protection of natural resources; climate protection; sustainable sport and regional development; and education and sustainable development. ‘Flagship 18’ is outlined in Munich 2018’s exhaustive 186-page Environmental Concept dossier.

Bernhard Schwank, highlighted some more of the bid’s outstanding green attributes:

‘Our concept is based on the sustainable use of existing world-class venues and infrastructure. 99% of the area for sports venues is already used for sport or will be temporarily converted, meaning minimal construction impact. The renaturisation of the land used temporarily has been legally guaranteed by the Free State of Bavaria; and all existing venues will be renovated to make them at least 30% more energy efficient. Just 1% of the total sports facility space will be converted into new permanent sports venues - that equates to less than the size of a football pitch.’

Michael Vesper, who is also Chairman of the Munich 2018 Supervisory Board, commented:

‘It is very important to the bid that every one of Munich 2018’s stakeholders shares our commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment. For example, the DOSB received the IOC Award for Sport and the Environment at the 2009 edition of this event in Vancouver. And BMW Group was this year named the class-leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 6th consecutive year. Together, we are determined to build a greener future for Bavaria, Germany and the entire Olympic Movement.’

Crucially, Munich’s environmental concept is also allied perfectly with the local, regional and Federal governments’. The city of Munich is committed to producing 100% of its household electricity through renewable sources by 2015 - far outstripping EU targets. The three levels of government have also pledged $145 million towards the non-OCOG budget specifically for launching, implementing and sustaining Munich 2018’s ambitious ecological projects. This includes a $36.7 million fund from the Free State of Bavaria that will go towards converting the Mountain Media Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen into a state-of-the-art Centre for Sustainability.

The trip to Qatar is the first engagement in a critical month for Munich 2018. Preparations are also well underway for the all-important technical presentation to the IOC in Lausanne on 18 May.

Munich, in collaboration with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The application will be put together and managed by Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH, with Katarina Witt as Chair, Bernhard Schwank as CEO and Jürgen Bühl as Managing Director. Shareholders in the application organisation are the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with 51 per cent, the City of Munich (30 per cent), the Free State of Bavaria (nine per cent), the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (eight per cent) and the district of Berchtesgadener Land (two per cent). The bid is being supported by national sponsors Adidas, Allianz, the BMW Group, BayWa, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post, Flughafen München GmbH, Lotto Bayern, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, METRO GROUP, and the Sparkasse Finance Group, along with national suppliers ARGE (Albert Speer & Partner and PROPROJEKT), Deloitte, Getty Images, GfK Verein, IMMO 2018, Messe München GmbH, Norton Rose LLP, Munich Olympic Park, pilot sport and Stadtwerke München GmbH. More information about the concept, the progress of the application and many other aspects can be found at

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