POSTED: Monday March 23rd 2015

Citizens make donation for O2 plus PyeongChang 2018

Seoul, March 23, 2015 - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) today received its first donation of 15,936 tons of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) purchased from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
(*1 ton of CO2 -eq = approx. KRW 1,000, 15,936 tons of CO2 -eq = approx. KRW 16 million)

The donated CERs were co-purchased by 11 citizens composed of students, residents, private organizations and entrepreneurs. Ms Youn-sun KIM, a teacher of Yeonhui Elementary School, and the representative of the donator group, offered the CERs contribution certificate to Sangpyo KIM, POCOG Vice President of Venue and Infrastructure, at a ceremony held at the POCOG office in Seoul, Korea, on March 23.

The donated 15,936 tons of CERs are planned to be utilized for offsetting CO2 -eq emissions from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics (12,018 tons) and Paralympics (3,918 tons) which together is equivalent to 1% of the total CO2 -eq estimated to be emitted during the entire period of the 2018 Winter Games from 2012 to 2018.
(*12,018 means "abundance" (implication of the number 10,000 in Korea) and "success of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games" which 2,018 tons of CO2 -eq implies)
(*3,918 implies the "duration of the Paralympic Games" which will be held from March(3) 9th to 18th)

Sangpyo KIM, POCOG Vice President of Venue and Infrastructure, commented "The first donation of CERs received today is meaningful since it was made by volunteer citizens. We have the momentum started and we hope the awareness and the activities of reducing Green House Gasses (GHGs) emission will further expand to enterprises, public businesses and the government."

In order to reduce GHGs emission, POCOG is working towards carrying out the following; ; building facilities that utilize geothermal and solar energy in newly constructed venues; expanding the use of eco-friendly cars such as electric; and instigating behavioural changes through the promotion of new and improved technologies.

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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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