Green Paris bid pledges to slash carbon emissions

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The Paris 2024 Olympics bid committee is proposing a strong eco-friendly plan that will slash carbon emissions by more than half compared to the last two Games in London and Rio.

Speaking to Reuters on Tuesday, three days before the third part of their bid book is submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), bid co-president Tony Estanguet said Paris had placed sustainability at the top of its list of priorities, reports Reuters.

The French capital is bidding for the Olympics along with Los Angeles and Budapest, with the IOC set to select the winning candidate in September.

“For us it is quite simple. Our vision is the most sustainable Games ever,” Estanguet said in an interview, adding that the bid was in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases.

Estanguet said that a Games held in France would produce an estimated 1.56 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, down 55 percent from the roughly 3.42 million tonnes created by the Rio 2016 and the London 2012 Games.

“The experts we used to asses the project are exactly the same ones who evaluated the carbon footprint for the past Games,” the three-time Olympic canoeing champion and IOC member said.

The use of existing venues and temporary structures has helped Estanguet believe that the bid’s goal was realistic, with the construction of an aquatics center regarded as the only new major legacy project.

Public or shared transport would be used for 100 percent of spectators while 85 percent of athletes would be housed within 30 minutes of their competition venues.

“We have a very strong concept. We will also have low carbon installations for the rare venues we have to build and we will use specific materials to reduce the overall carbon footprint,” he said.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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