Pyeongchang wins golden medal for most sustainable Olympic Games
The currently ongoing Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang had to become the most sustainable games according to the organising South-Korean city. In many ways has this been very successful. These games are run completely on renewable energy.
Sustainability has become increasingly important for the International Olympic Commitee (IOC). In 2014, it has been added as one of the main pillars for the 2020 Olympic Agenda.
That ambition is clearly visible in Pyeongchang. The Games have been an important driver for the construction of a wind farm of 203 megawatt in the area. With this wind farm, it is estimated that more electricity can be produced than needed during the Games.
Additionally, in 6 out of 12 sports locations sustainable energy is being generated with solar panels and geothermic. That covers 12% of the energy use per location.
150 electric cars
When it comes to mobility, the organisation strives to minimise the CO2 footprint. In honor of the Olympics, a new train connection has been built between Wonju and Gangneung which will service an estimated 420.000 visitors.
On top of that, there are 150 electric cars and 15 hydrogen cars being used.
All these initiatives should save 6.654 tons of CO2-emissions according to the organisation. A special monitoring system will measure the CO2-emissions during the event.
Not only during but also after the Games there are several initiatives that will revive the area. New water supply infrastructure will be built and water will be re-used on large scale and damaged nature will be restored and biodiversity restored where necessary.
Original article by MARTIJN VAN DER DONK for www.duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl on 09/02/2018 translated by yours truly
base of the article is Sustainability Report Pyeongchang 2018
Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PyeongChang_2018_Winter_Olympics.svg