- 06 Dec 2006
- IOC News
TORINO 2006: Final “Green” Report Launched
At the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Forum For Sport and Environment held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne last week, the final sustainability report of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games was released. The report shows how the Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC) was able to set new standards in environmental sustainability in mass sport and audience events.
Among the key sustainability initiatives that were highlighted in the independently certified report on Torino 2006 were the compensation of greenhouse gas emissions, waste minimisation and important achievements in areas from conservation of fresh water and mountain ecosystems to transport and eco-friendly building designs. Indeed, through TOROC’s HECTOR programme, over 67% of the greenhouse gas emissions are being offset, with the Piedmont Region looking to offset the remaining amount. The report also estimates that, thanks to TOROC’s efforts in waste management through separation, recycling and other initiatives, the waste burden in Turin and the surrounding Olympic areas increased by only 0.2%. The report also recognises the adoption of environmental certification and management standards like EMAS and ISO 14001 and the adoption of Eco-labels by hotels and Olympic accommodation.
Proud to have been associated
Speaking about TOROC’s programme, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, said: “We are proud to have been associated with TOROC and even more delighted at their successes.” He continued, “Torino 2006, in which UNEP has been a partner, set targets and timetables across a wide range of environmental and sustainability criteria. These have been monitored and independently verified and are released today.”
The IOC and UNEP
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNEP have been working together for over 10 years. In 1994, the IOC and UNEP signed a cooperative agreement, in which both organisations agreed to promote joint initiatives in the field of sport and the environment. Indeed, next year in Beijing, China, the IOC and the Beijing Organising Committee, in association with UNEP, will be organising the 7th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will run from 25 to 27 October 2007. In addition to these initiatives, UNEP also has a representative on the IOC’s Sport and Environment Commission. The Commission meets on a regular basis to review environmental issues related to the Olympic Games and to advise the IOC Executive Board on environmental issues.
The Olympic Winter Games were held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Turin Games comprised seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which were played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and over 900,000 spectators participated in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.