In the face of the greatest challenge humanity has known, Paris 2024, as the organiser of the world’s largest event, is taking on its responsibilities by becoming the first climate-positive international sporting event. Guided by the principles of sobriety, innovation and audacity, we are setting a new standard for the delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
First and foremost, we wish to set an example by adhering to the Paris Agreement and by committing to efforts to reduce CO2 emissions across all our operations, in order to cut our carbon footprint by half compared with previous Games. And because the Games offer an opportunity to think bigger and see further, we also want to contribute to the fight against climate change by supporting projects aimed at bringing environmental benefits in order to offset more emissions than the Games create, and by sharing our tools and methodology to help to step up the pace of the environmental transition in sport and at major events, prior to 2024 and beyond.
Changing the model: from a post-Games assessment to a pre-Games target
The goal: to control the event’s climate impact
Paris 2024: estimates and sets a carbon emissions target, a limit that must not be exceeded from the start of the organisation of the Games; takes specific measures to reduce emissions; and measures its environmental impact throughout the Games. Previous Summer Games have emitted an average of 3.5 million tons of CO2. Paris 2024 took this figure as its starting point, before identifying strategic areas for avoidance and reduction. A target of 1.5 million tons of CO2 has been set, which refers to “residual” emissions that cannot be avoided and that will be offset – more than offset, in fact – in order to make a positive contribution to the climate.
For the first time, a methodology defined in advance and fully integrated into the overall strategy and operations
The ARO approach is already well known: avoid, reduce, then offset. In order to control our impact even further, we have introduced two additional stages: to anticipate emissions and to mobilise action by harnessing the appeal of the Games.
- Anticipate: we have developed a pioneering tool for estimating carbon footprint, in order to provide information on the choices taken now and throughout the cycle of preparation for the organisation of the Games.
- Avoid: thanks to a brand new concept that involves using 95% existing or temporary infrastructure and ensuring that all sites are accessible by public transport.
- Reduce: by accurately identifying sources of emissions and promoting low-carbon solutions for every activity. We have, for example, issued a call for projects in partnership with the Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (the French “Investments for the Future” Programme) to find alternative solutions to diesel power generators.
- Offset : by taking into account the broadest category of emissions, Scope 3, which also covers indirect impact. All emissions that cannot be avoided, such as international travel by spectators, will be offset by projects designed to bring both environmental and social benefits on all five continents. We are taking our commitment even further, by becoming the first international sporting event to offset more emissions than it creates. To achieve this, we will support the emergence and development of projects with a positive climate contribution in France, where such initiatives are still few and far between.
- Mobilise employees, the sport movement, partners and citizens by harnessing the potential of sport as an effective driver of the environmental transition (creation and sharing of tools to assess and reduce impact, incentives to change behaviours, etc.). To do so, Paris 2024 has launched its own “Climate Coach”, an application to help its employees understand and reduce their personal and professional carbon footprint. Paris 2024 is also encouraging its commercial partners and suppliers to apply sustainability and carbon neutrality criteria for 100% of Games purchases, as part of its responsible procurement strategy.