On 15 May 2020, the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) published the official Beijing 2022 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games Sustainability Plan (hereinafter referred to as Sustainability Plan) on its official website. The comprehensive plan outlines Beijing 2022’s vision of “Sustainability for the Future” and serves to further deliver on its commitment to staging a “green, inclusive, open and clean” Games.
Zhang Jiandong, Beijing 2022 Executive Vice President and Vice Mayor of Beijing, emphasised the universal importance of sustainability, “Sustainable development is not only a common goal for development defined by the United Nations, but also the national strategy of the Chinese government”. He continued, reiterating Beijing 2022’ s commitment to sustainability, “Together, we can carry forward the Olympic spirit, translate sustainability into action, deliver a fantastic, extraordinary, and excellent Games to the world, and leave significant Olympic legacy to build a better future.”
Under the guidance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Sustainability Plan was formulated with the three themes of “positive environmental impact”, “new development for the region” and “better life for the people”. These three themes are support- ed by 12 actions, under which there are 37 key tasks and 119 specific measures. Proactively working together with relevant government departments, venue managers, partners and stakeholders, the plan will act as a guid- ing force to promote improvements to the local environment, economic development and social progress.
“The IOC welcomes the publication of the Beijing 2022 Sustainability Plan as it provides a comprehensive framework for the overall sustainability vision of the Olympic Games Beijing 2022,” said Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Vice-President and Chair of the Beijing 2022 IOC Coordination Commission. “The Plan also highlights the fact that the Organising Committee Beijing 2022 is working hand-in-hand with the national and regional authorities to achieve their ambitious sustainability objectives.”
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons also praised Beijing 2022 for their comprehensive work on the plan, “On behalf of the International Paralympic Commit- tee and the whole Paralympic Movement, I would like to congratulate Beijing 2022 and its stake- holders on the publication of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Sustain- ability Plan.”
“As a key partner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign and a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, the IPC applauds all measures that contribute towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
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Beijing 2022’s commitment to sustainability has been well-established through previous reforms such as the development and implementation of Evaluation Standards for Green Snow Sports and Guide on Venue and Infrastructure Sustainability; a cross-regional electricity trading mechanisms has been established to achieve 100% renewable energy use at venues for conventional power needs during the Games; application of low-carbon technologies into the National Speed Skating Oval and 3 other ice sport venues; establishment of the Beijing 2022 Sustainability Work Leading Group and issuance of the Low Carbon Management Plan.
Moving forward, Beijing 2022 will continue to collaborate closely with the IOC and IPC, and work with the central government and governments of Beijing and Hebei Province and all other stakeholders in actively implementing the Sustainability Plan. By promoting environmental sustainability, driving coordinated regional development and pushing for improvements to people’s quality of life, the Beijing 2022 Games can be a powerful driving force for the sustainable development of the host city and region, creating a strong model for positive interaction and mutual promotion between the Olympic Movement and the Host Country.
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