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The Paris Olympics aims to be the greenest Games in history. Here's how

The Paris Olympics are setting ambitious sustainability goals, aiming to be the greenest Games in history. Here's how they plan to achieve this.

Sustainability at the Paris Olympics

The Olympics will embrace sustainability through a number of efforts, such as:

  • Using existing venues (e.g., velodrome built 10 years ago) and converting lighting to biofuels (saving 13,000 tonnes of CO2)
  • Hosting swimming events, including the triathlon, marathon swimming, and para-triathlon on the Seine River after a cleanup process.
  • Building with recycled materials (e.g., Adidas Arena seats) and reusing furniture from temporary venues.
  • Following the Games, temporary venues at Place de la Concorde will demonstrate responsible resource management.
  • Sourcing 25% of food locally to reduce transportation emissions.

These initiatives aim to cut the carbon footprint by 1.5 million tonnes compared to previous Games.

Reducing the carbon footprint

Through these and other initiatives, Paris aims to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the Games. They project to emit 1.5 million fewer tonnes of CO2 compared to the Rio and London Games, surpassing even the Tokyo Games held in 2021 with no spectators.

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