POSTED: Friday March 6th 2015

PyeongChang 2018 partners with Korea Environment Corporation to deliver an O2 Plus Winter Games

20150306 POCOG partners with Korea Environment Corporation / POCOG
20150306 POCOG partners with Korea Environment Corporation / POCOG

(L to R) Yang Ho Cho, the POCOG President and Lee Si-jin, the KECO CEO / POCOG
(L to R) Yang Ho Cho, the POCOG President and Lee Si-jin, the KECO CEO / POCOG

Seoul, March 6, 2015 - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) announced today that it has signed a MOU with Korea Environment Corporation (KECO) in order to partner for delivering a successful O2 Plus Winter Games. A special signing ceremony was held at POCOG office in Seoul, Korea, on March 6.

In order to keep the promise of ‘O2 Plus Winter Games’ which has been the vision for POCOG to deliver an environment focused Olympic Winter Games, POCOG and KECO have agreed to partner in three main subjects - reducing Green House Gases (GHGs) emissions, facilitating resource recirculation system and maintaining healthy air quality. For this, KECO has organized a ‘PyeongChang 2018 Supporters’ group to take it into an action.

— Reducing Green House Gases emissions

POCOG has calculated that some 1.56 tons of CO2 -eq are estimated to be emitted during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. In order to offset 100% of GHGs emissions, POCOG and KECO will together estimate the approximated amount of both GHGs to be emitted/reduced in all venue cities within the second half of this year, and accordingly develop reduction/offset programs by the end of 2017. As part of implementation, the two organizations will provide electric/hybrid cars for participating athletes and workforce, and construct one-stop charging stations for electric vehicles along the express motorway that links Seoul and PyeongChang.

— Facilitating resource recirculation system

POCOG and KECO will estimate the amount of waste that will be accumulated in all venue facilities including competition venues and Olympic Villages, and also set recycle guidelines for areas where large amounts of waste is expected to accrue such as accommodations. In addition, KECO will provide POCOG with guidelines in operating waste disposal systems and relevant technical support based on its in-depth analysis on venue cities.

— Maintaining healthy air quality

In order to stage a successful Olympic Winter Games with maximized safety and a pleasant environment for spectators, POCOG and KECO will together monitor the air quality through various measures and provide real-time status for each competition venue. Also, the two organizations will continue to educate the workforce on the ground at the facilities including competition venues, accommodations and ancillary facilities to maintain healthy air quality.

Commemorating the partnership, Yang Ho Cho, the POCOG President said, “In cooperation with KECO, we will put our utmost efforts in preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games to become the most environment-friendly Winter Games in Olympic history. Also, by hosting the Olympic Winter Games, we expect to promote Korea as one of the most advanced green nations in the world.”

LEE Si-jin, the KECO CEO also commented, “The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games will be the milestone to showcase Korea’s advanced standard for environment management. Through seamless cooperation, we will provide POCOG our full support for staging a successful ‘O2 Plus Winter Games’ as promised to the world.”

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The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII edition of the Olympic Winter Games on 9-25 February 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports comprising 15 disciplines will be on the official program.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place on 9-18 March 2018, with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing. Five sports are on the Paralympic program.

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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Winter Olympics · Yang-Ho Cho · Korea Environment Corporation

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