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The Olympic Movement rewarded for its efforts for a more sustainable Games

24 Sep 2014
Olympic News, Sustainability

The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has awarded the Olympic Movement with the 2014 International Star Award for Energy Efficiency. The award recognises the Olympic Movement’s ongoing efforts to manage the carbon footprint associated with hosting and organising the Games.

In 2014, for the first time in Olympic history, the carbon footprint associated with the hosting and organising of the Games was entirely mitigated prior to the event actually happening, rather than post-Games.

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions enabled by the “Sustainable Future” programme – implemented by Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow in Russia - surpassed 520,000 tons of CO2 equivalents, as verified by third-party international experts. This result far exceeded the estimated direct footprint of 360,000 tons of CO2 equivalents.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its partners have been working consistently to advance sustainability within the Olympic Games in all host territories - and make it a top priority for bid cities aspiring to receive the event in the future.

On Monday, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee announced that Worldwide TOP Partner Dow will be the Official Carbon Partner of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Company will mitigate 500,000 tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2eq) from organising and hosting the event through third party-verified emission reductions. Dow and Rio 2016 will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2eq in climate benefits by 2026, addressing other Games-related emissions.   

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