04 June 2004
The organising committees of the forthcoming Olympic Games have created special projects to mark World Environment Day on 5 June. These activities are part of a global approach to ensure Games which respect the environment and promote sustainable development.
Jacques Rogge: "Strong and healthy roots"
IOC President Jacques Rogge was pleased to see that the idea of environmentally-friendly Olympic Games, advocated by the IOC since 1991, is developing strong and healthy roots. “I encourage the Organising Committees, the National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations to continue their efforts in this field”, he said.
Athens 2004: cleaning the sea floor
Under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organising Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games (ATHOC), the Athens Environmental Foundation (AEF) and the municipality of Piraeus are organising a coastal underwater clean-up operation on the occasion of World Environment Day. Events will include beach and underwater clean-up activities at the Athens coast, a demonstration by the Hellenic Synchronised Swimming National Team and the promotion of several environmental issues.
Turin 2006: "Winged Migration"
TOROC took part in the celebrations on 31 May 2004 by organising a showing, in the “Atrium Citta”, of Jacques Perrin’s film “Winged Migration”. On this occasion, TOROC recalled the signing with UNEP in June 2003 of a cooperation protocol for the joint development of sustainability programmes linked to the holding of the 2006 Games.
Beijing 2008: cleaning beaches and planting trees
The Beijing Olympic Organising Committee (BOCOG) this week announced the start of work on the Qingdao Sailing Centre. As host of the sailing competitions, the city of Qingdao has produced an action plan on environmental protection in the area that will be used for the Olympic competitions. Since 2003, Qingdao has been studying the sea in this area, and clean-up work will be undertaken in a 90,000 m2 zone in the Gulf of Fushan. Qingdao is also expanding its tree planting and natural resource protection policy.
Vancouver 2010: construction project
The Organising Committee for the 2010 Games in Vancouver has announced a three million-dollar contribution to the Whistler Conference Centre renovation project – one which has used strong environmental practices. The use of natural or recycled fibre carpets, certified wood products and high efficiency lighting systems are the key environmental features of the project.