By Amelia Fisher-Starzynski, Paris, Feb 22, 2017: The Paris 2024 Bid Committee has joined stakeholders from across the sporting, business and political spectrum to address the environmental challenges facing the sport industry and share its bold strategy for the most sustainable Games ever at Climate Action’s Sustainable Innovation in Sport 2017 conference in Munich, Germany.
The high-level meeting brought together key figures from government, governing bodies, clubs, federations and the private sector to debate and discuss the challenges and opportunities around enhancing sustainability in sport. Representing Paris 2024, Jérôme Lachaze, Head of Sustainability and Marie Barsacq, Director of Legacy, met with international colleagues to talk about Paris 2024’s vision on sustainability, looking at ways to maximise global partnerships for the Games and to help advance discussions for a more sustainable world of sport.
Paris 2024, which recently announced its ambition to deliver the most sustainable Games ever and the first Games fully aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, shared insight on its groundbreaking emissions reduction strategy that will result in a 55% smaller carbon footprint than London 2012, widely agreed to be the most sustainable Games to date.
Marie Barsacq, Paris 2024 Director of Legacy, said:
“Paris 2024’s commitment to delivering truly sustainable Games with a strong legacy is one of the driving forces behind our Games of passion and purpose. We are happy to share it with our colleagues at Sustainable Innovation in Sport 2017. By creating partnerships and sharing ideas and experiences we can help secure a legacy that goes beyond the Games, beyond France, with a global impact.”
Jérôme Lachaze, Paris 2024 Head of Sustainability, added:
“Our innovative and ultra-compact Games are connected by the best public transport network, with 95% of venues existing or temporary. Paris 2024 will be the first Gamesaligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, showing we are doing our share to help protect our planet for future generations.”
Today also marked the launch of an innovative, new online platform and animated film highlighting Paris 2024’s commitment to creating a truly sustainable spectator experience. Developed in collaboration with all of Paris 2024’s official partners and suppliers, the website (parcoursdurable.paris2024.org/en) offers a taste of the spectator experience in 2024 and includes a glimpse of the innovative technology that will be used to ensure Paris 2024 delivers on its promise to be the most sustainable Games in history.
The animated film offers a first glimpse of the Paris 2024 visitor experience, with wristbands storing visitors’ bookings and reservations and serving as a means of payment on all of Paris’ public transport. The film also introduces the Paris 2024 visitor app, which will assist guests in making eco-friendly travel choices. At the end of the Games, the app will tally up each user’s sustainable efforts into a points system, and will pledge to plant trees based on each user’s score. The animated film features current and planned solutions that will help deliver a sustainable experience.
Paris 2024 Co-Chair, Tony Estanguet, said:
“New technology and sustainable solutions provide us with means of helping our visitors make eco-friendly choices during the Games, and we are excited about introducing them to the Olympic family. We are committed to ensuring that Paris 2024 is the most sustainable Games in history, and this platform offers a first look at some of the fascinating innovations we will be using to do that. As we move forwards towards 2024, I am sure that we will introduce many more eco-friendly initiatives.”