Sustainability and Olympic Games – The conference topic

Sustainability became a mega topic for the Olympic Games. Here a link collection to read into the topic.

See TOKYO 2020 perspective:

See IOC perspective:

Sustainability strategy IOC

IOC Sustainability Strategy:  Full version  and  Executive summary


News About Environmental Sustainability of the IOC and Olympic Games:

The IOC is a carbon-neutral organisation.

  • IOC new headquarters in Lausanne, Olympic House, is the world’s most sustainable building in its category.
  • IOC vehicle fleet includes eight hydrogen cars. A hydrogen station installed at Olympic House supplies them with hydrogen sourced from renewable energy sources.

IOC works closely with the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games to make the Games sustainable.

FACTS: Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020:

  • No new venues were built specifically for the Games.
  • Athletes, coaches, staff and media are using public transport to get to and from events.
  • The Lausanne 2020 cauldron is powered by eco-friendly Swiss wood pellets.
  • Speed skating, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge are taking place on natural ice for the first time at the YOG.
  • The YOG have been adapted to the local context and not the other way around.

Upcoming Olympic Games:

  • Tokyo 2020 is aiming for carbon neutrality.
  • Olympic Partner Toyota will provide zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen cars, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic fleet.
  • For Beijing 2022, all venues will be powered by renewable energy.
  • Paris 2024 is on track to becoming carbon-neutral.
  • For LA 2028, all venues already exist.

The IOC supports sports organisations within the Olympic Movement in their efforts to address climate change.

  • In 2018, with UN Climate Change, IOC launched the Sports for Climate Action Framework. Its aim is to develop an agenda for sport to address climate change. Almost 100 sports organisations joined the framework within the first year of its launch.
  • As part of the UN Clean Seas initiative, the IOC is working with the Olympic Movement to address plastic pollution. The IOC supported Olympic champion Hannah Mills in the launch of her Big Plastic Pledge campaign, which unites athletes against plastic pollution.