- 10 Nov 2005
- Olympic News
VI World Conference in Nairobi: Torino 2006 - HECTOR
Today the Organising Committee of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin (TOROC) unveiled at the VI World Conference for Sport and the Environment in Nairobi, co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its new Sustainability Report. The Torino Sustainability Report is being hailed as a milestone in the quest to make mass spectator events both entertaining and environmentally sound. Measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, minimise water use in snow-making and promote eco-friendly hotels, are among a raft of initiatives aimed at making next year’s Winter Games the greenest ever.
HEritage Climate TORino (HECTOR)
One of the cornerstones is the HEritage Climate TORino (HECTOR) project designed to make the Winter Games carbon neutral. The organisers calculate that the 2006 Games (10-26 February) will generate the equivalent of just over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide with the main sources of emissions coming from transport and the operation of the Olympic venues.
In line with the Kyoto Protocol
Under HECTOR, these emissions will be offset via forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes both at home and abroad, in line with the international climate change treaty, the Kyoto Protocol. For example, the Piedmont regional government and the Pinerolo town council are financing renewable energy and sustainable energy projects.
Support for reforestation projects in Mexico, Eritrea and Sri Lanka
Employees of TOROC will, during the life of the Games, generate an estimated 500kg of greenhouse gases, which can be offset by buying 10 euros-worth of carbon credits linked with a reforestation project in Mexico, renewable energy projects in India and Sri Lanka, and an energy-efficiency scheme in Eritrea.
First time to offset all the carbon emissions
“This is the first time that an Olympic event will be able to offset all the carbon emissions produced during the event. They are being offset largely thanks to an investment of three million euros by the Piedmont regional administration into energy efficiency projects, which are expected to generate an estimated 300,000 tonnes of carbon credits,” said Ugo Pretato, Head of Environmental Programmes at TOROC.