Paris 2024, an environmental leader
Sustainable development is not just a goal, it is woven into the very DNA of the Paris 2024 bid, developed in collaboration with the athletes and all the project’s partners.
To achieve as positive an impact as possible, Paris 2024 has developed a project in keeping with the recommendations of the IOC’s Agenda 2020 and with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Building on the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015 at the COP21, the Paris 2024 Games will be at the forefront of environmental stewardship.
One single figure perfectly summarises this ambition: – 55%
A 55% decrease in the Games’ carbon footprint in comparison with the last two editions of the Summer Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016).
The Paris 2024 Games will thus be the first to be aligned with the Paris Agreement.
This ambition is supported by a sober and compact concept and an ambitious environmental strategy co-conceived with WWF France, the Environmental Excellence Committee led by Isabelle Autissier, and committed public figures, such as Paris City Mayor Anne Hidalgo, 2016 Green Diplomat of the Year, elected head of the C40, and Tony Estanguet, member of the IOC’s Sustainability and Legacy Commission.
Thus, the Olympic and Paralympic Village will be a model of sustainable development, including:
- 100% bio-based materials
- 100% green energy during the Games
- 100% sustainable and certified food sources
- 100% of the Olympic family and spectators using clean transportation
- Over 26 hectares of biodiversity created on the Olympic sites in Seine-Saint-Denis thanks to the Games
This approach builds on the very proactive environmental strategy of the City of Paris. The Paris 2024 project shares with the mayor of Paris the goal of creating a breathable city by establishing swimming areas in the Seine in Paris and the surrounding region and doubling the number of bicycle lanes by 2020, which will allow 70% of spectators to be no more than a 30-minute bike ride away from the city’s Olympic sites.
Furthermore, the ratification at the beginning of 2017 of an eco-responsibility charter, certified by the WWF, between the organisers of major sporting events and Paris 2024 proves that the French sports world is capable of responding to the challenges of tomorrow and of future generations.
Finally, in terms of a more global impact, Paris 2024 is working to make its sustainable model of organising major events reproducible internationally and to share it with other international organisers.