How to make the Olympic Games an eco-responsible event?

In 2024, the new edition of the Olympic Games will be held in Paris . This is one of the major events of the next few years. Several issues and challenges will arise in designing eco-responsible Olympic Games that will leave the smallest possible ecological footprint.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Paris; a city sensitive to environmental issues

The City of Paris has placed the environmental and climate aspect at the heart of its reflections and decisions in accordance with the Paris agreements applied during COP 21 . Paris then became one of the leading cities in this fight against global warming and ecological transformation. Awarded by the WWF in 2016 for its innovation in sustainability, the city of Paris was awarded the C40 Cities Awards.

The eyes of the world will be riveted on these Olympics, so it is essential for Paris and France to commit to these issues and to consolidate their position as environmental pioneers .

Towards eco-responsible Olympic Games

During the Paris 2024 Olympics, 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected in Paris. The challenge is to build a so-called sustainable Olympic village. The organization communicates on an Olympic village project built with eco-designed buildings with low carbon content. The zero waste aspect is also one of the priorities of these games unlike any other. The exclusive use of renewable energies is also on the table.

For 45 days, nearly 13.5 million spectators are expected to attend the most important international multi-sport competition. It is just as many routes that must be optimized to maintain the defined objectives. The organizers have a specific goal for 2024; reduce Co2 emissions by 55% and make the Olympic spirit a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage .

The city of Paris has therefore joined forces with the RATP to innovate and design a clean transport policy.

  • 100% of spectators will go to the sites where the competitions take place, by public or shared transport thanks to dedicated RATP buses.
  • The majority of athletes will be accommodated less than 30 minutes from the venues .
  • 100% of the energy will be green electricity
  • Olympic Games accessible by bike for ¾ of the spectators.

The co-president of the Paris 2024 Olympics hopes that this desire and determination to hold eco-responsible events will provide a guideline for future big events around the world.

Commitments to the environment

To promote its candidacy and now the project, Paris 2024 has made commitments in favor of the environment. The organization intends to rely on 95% of existing sites because building less means controlling its carbon footprint and its impact on the environment.

Only two sites will come out of the ground: the Olympic and Paralympic Village, which will become an eco-district for future inhabitants and the Aquatic Center which will remain in a state to revitalize the Seine Saint Denis which eats up swimming pools (where nearly one child in two does not cannot swim).

The games eco-district

To be continued …

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