Showing a sustainable society: Tokyo 2020 releases its Pre-Game Sustainability Report | Instant News

The Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympics and Paralympics (Tokyo 2020) today publishes Sustainability Pre-Game Report, showing details of how it plans to hold the Tokyo 2020 Olympics sustainably and highlights progress on several initiatives carried out throughout 2019. These include promoting the use of 100 percent renewable energy in Olympic venues, with hydrogen for vehicle fleets and the Olympics and paralympic cauldrons; reduce CO2 emissions; and promoting the 3R concept to “reduce, reuse, recycle” at the Tokyo 2020 venue.

Report prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standard (GRI): Core options, a set of international standards governing sustainability reporting.

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The main activities and achievements included in this report include:

  • Activities that promote 100 percent use of renewable energy during the Olympics:
    • Tokyo 2020 aims to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for electricity used to power the Olympics, through the procurement of renewable energy sources and the use of tradable green certification systems. The renewable energy mix will come from clearly identified resources, and will include electricity from areas affected by the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
  • The use of hydrogen energy, in line with Japan’s transition to a hydrogen-based economy:
    • In addition to the 500 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) that will be used at the time of the Games, which are provided by Toyota’s global Olympic Partners, hydrogen will be used as fuel for Olympic and Paralympic cauldrons and torches during part of their journey through Japan. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will also use hydrogen energy in several Olympic / Paralympic Village facilities.
  • CO reduction2 emission:
    • The Tokyo 2020 Games carbon footprint is estimated at 2.73 million tons. This is a reduction of 280,000 tons of CO2 after implementing avoidance and reduction measures such as the use of leased or leased products, use of existing premises, use of renewable energy, low pollution and fuel-efficient vehicles such as FCEVs, and adoption of energy-saving facilities. “Towards Zero Carbon” is a message from the Tokyo 2020 climate change-themed initiative, and summarizes the collective efforts of Tokyo 2020 and its various shipping partners.
  • Victory Ceremony Podium Project:
    • Tokyo 2020, in collaboration with Worldwide Olympic Partner Procter & Gamble will implement an initiative to produce the Tokyo 2020 medal podium from post-consumer plastic packaging collected throughout Japan. With plastic waste and marine plastic pollution becoming major global concerns, the project will showcase the principles of a circular economy and a sustainable society that makes full use of available resources.
  • Promotion of the 3R concept (“reduce, reuse, recycle”) at the Tokyo 2020 venue:
    • Among other initiatives, recycled paper containers for food will be given to the audience to encourage their use rather than disposable plastic. Tokyo 2020 will also promote appropriate waste segregation to achieve the target of reuse and recycling 65 percent of Game-time waste.

Tokyo 2020 published Version 2 of its Sustainability Plan in June 2018, focusing on various initiatives carried out in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the following areas: “Climate Change”, “Resource Management”, “Natural Environment and Biodiversity”, “Human Rights, Labor and Fair Business Practices” and “Involvement, Cooperation and Communication (Engagement)”.

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