TORINO 2006: Environment high on the agenda
The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) has, over the past seven years, been working on a number of initiatives in the areas of the environment. Some of TOROC’s most recent work includes HECTOR, its carbon neutral programme for the Olympic Winter Games. This type of initiative is completely in line with the IOC’s philosophy on the environment, which is a key part of Olympism.
In 1994, the IOC signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and one year later formed the Sport and Environment Commission. In addition to promoting Olympic Games which respect the environment and meet the standards of sustainable development, various activities to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy environment are conducted. These activities can take numerous shapes and forms, like regional seminars, sport and environment publications or the organisation of world conferences. The IOC has acknowledged its responsibility towards the environment, in particular to the promotion of sustainable development, and considers the environment as the third dimension of Olympism.
After Agenda 21 was created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC decided to establish its own Agenda 21, which was adopted by the IOC Session in 1999. The aim of this Agenda is to encourage its members to participate actively in sustainable development. It is with this thinking in mind that the IOC ensures that the Olympic Games take place in conditions that take into account, in a responsible way, problems related to the environment, and collaborates with the relevant public or private authorities, with the aim of putting sport at the service of humanity.