- 04 Dec 2015
- IOC News
Climate Summit Puts Spotlight on Sustainable Future of Olympic Cities
IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted that the Olympic Games can be a catalyst for the sustainable development of cities.
Addressing 1000 mayors from around the globe attending the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris, he highlighted the sustainability reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 and stressed that the experience of past Olympic host cities demonstrate that it is possible to deliver successful Games while minimising environmental impact.
The IOC President told the conference that for the Olympic Games 2024 the host city will have to implement a carbon management and reduction plan.
The plan comes in top of sustainable work already done by previous host cities.
“The Olympic Games London 2012 saved an equivalent of 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, mainly in construction and operational activities,” he said. “Sustainability standards used by London have quickly become the international norm for global events and are used by future host cities like Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.”
President Bach was speaking at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders. He pointed out that with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, Candidate Cities can now focus on how the Olympic Games can best fit into their long-term plans for the sustainable development of their city or region.
Before speaking at the Climate Summit, President Bach met the President of the French Republic, François Hollande. He also met the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, the co-hosts of the Summit.
During the Summit, President Bach took the opportunity to talk to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes and Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles. He met the mayors of many other previous and future host cities including Montreal, Barcelona, Seoul and Lausanne as well as other city leaders.