Photo: Headquarters of Beijing 2022 located in Shougang Park
Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) published the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Sustainability Plan (hereinafter referred to as Sustainability Plan) on 15 May. This plan was developed jointly by the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, the People’s Government of Hebei Province, and the Beijing 2022. The plan serves as a programmatic document guiding the sustainability work of the Beijing 2022 Games and is being implemented throughout the entire process of the Games.
Photo: Plant Protection in the Yanqing Competition Zone
The sustainability plan reflects the Beijing 2022 mission of being “green, inclusive, open and clean”, and the reforms introduced through Olympic Agenda 2020——the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. It is also aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Photo: Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Vice-President, expressed his congratulations on the release of the Sustainability Plan via video
“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.”
Photo: Andrew Parsons, IPC President, expressed his congratulations on the release of the Sustainability Plan via video
IPC President Andrew Parsons said, “On behalf of the International Paralympic Committee and the whole Paralympic Movement, I would like to congratulate Beijing 2022 and its stakeholders on the publication of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Sustainability 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.”
Photo: Wind Power Generation in Zhangjiakou
The plan promotes the Beijing 2022 Games’ sustainability vision of “Sustainability for the Future” and the overall objective of “creating a new example for staging events and regional sustainability”, featuring three key themes of "Positive Environmental Impact", "New Development for the Region", and "Better Life for the People". These three themes are supported by 12 actions, under which there are 37 key tasks and 119 specific measures that cover the environment of the competition zones, regional development, and improvement of well-being for host communities in Beijing and Zhangjiakou.
In alignment with the Beijing 2022 mission, the Sustainability Plan puts forward objectives such as:
Maximising use of existing venues and facilities and building sustainable venues;
Strengthening regional cooperation to improve the environment and coordinated development in the Beijing-Zhangjiakou region;
Tackling climate change to deliver low-carbon and carbon neutral Games;
Implementing sustainable sourcing and promoting the development of a low carbon circular economy;
Improving public infrastructure, including transportation construction and further development of urban management and accessibility services;
Developing winter sports and tourism industries in the Beijing-Zhangjiakou region cultural tourism belt;
Promoting the commercialisation and implementation of technological achievements in order to foster new areas of economic growth and development;
Improving the living conditions and increasing employment for residents around the competition zones throughout the Games preparations;
Carrying the Olympic spirit forward and promoting winter sports and Chinese culture to foster a positive and healthy society.
Many measures in the sustainability plan have already been implemented through Beijing 2022’s Sustainability Management System (SMS) which received ISO 20121 certificate in November 2019. Good progress has been achieved in environmental, regional and social development.
In terms of ecological environmental conservation, relevant work following Beijing 2022’s production of the Evaluation Standard for Green Snow Sports Venues has been conducted, including using renewable and recyclable materials in venue construction; carbon dioxide refrigerants have been introduced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and a cross-regional electricity trading mechanisms has been established to achieve 100% renewable energy in the venues.
Photo: Junior Alpine Skiing held in Chongli, Zhangjiakou in March 2019
With regard to regional development, Games preparations have accelerated the completion of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway and Beijing-Chongli Expressway; the development of the ice and snow industry has accelerated the development of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sports Culture Tourism Belt; and Shougang Park has been transformed, becoming a new landmark of urban regeneration.
Social development has been seen throughout communities, with many residents around the competition zones engaging in new employment structures that have improved their standard of living. Participation in national fitness and community winter sports activities continues on an upward trend, in line with Beijing’s vision of engaging 300 million people in winter sports in China.
Photo: Foyukou Reservoir in Yanqing
In the future, 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, venue owners, marketing partners, general public, and all other stakeholders in actively implementing the Sustainability Plan. By promoting environmental sustainability and driving coordinated regional development to improve 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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