By Robert Fawdon from Paris, France, 3 December 2015: Tony Estanguet, Co-President of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee will tomorrow outline the sustainable nature of the Paris 2024 bid plans at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Le Bourget, a north-eastern suburb of the French capital city.
151 Heads of State and Government attended the opening of the annual climate change summit which will welcome 45,000 delegates from 30 November-11 December – making it one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever organized.
Estanguet, who is a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, will speak at the summit on the Innovation of French Sport and the Climate where he will re-affirm Paris 2024’s commitment to develop a sustainable strategy that will integrate key measures in economic, social and environmental sustainability during all stages of the project.
Estanguet will also take part in a discussion on Summit of Cities for the Climate later on Friday alongside IOC President Thomas Bach and Mayors from all over the world.
Speaking ahead of his participation at the summit, Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-President, said:
“The scale of the climate change summit illustrates the pressing challenges the world is facing on this matter and sport must play its part. Paris 2024 is designing a Games Plan to fit in with the long-term aspirations of our city and country and this means we are committed to ensuring that sustainable practices are at the heart of the bid. Sustainable development is not a goal, it is the very DNA of our candidacy.
“Our environmentally friendly approach will drive down costs by incorporating many existing venues including iconic settings such as the Stade de France, Roland Garros and the Grand Palais. The Seine is also undergoing a large-scale clean-up programme and our ambition is to host Triathlon in the river that runs through the heart of the city in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
“Our recently announced vision for the Paris 2024 Olympic Village includes a plan to create a new ‘Eco City’ with 3,500 innovative and environmentally-sensitive homes for local people once the Games have finished. The location of the Village also means that during the Games 84% of athletes will be within 25 minutes of their competition venue resulting in minimal travel time and reduced emissions. We are absolutely committed to embedding sustainability across all aspects of our bid plans in order to innovate, inspire and change behaviours.”