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IOC signs sustainability partnership for Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has entered into a partnership with the C40 Cities initiative in an effort to work towards more sustainable editions of future Olympic Games.

C40 connects 96 cities around the world to take climate action, and the IOC will now collaborate with cities interested in staging the Games, as well as candidate cities and future hosts to help them achieve their sustainability objectives.

The cities that will host the next three editions of the summer Olympic Games are all members of the C40 Steering Committee. Tokyo, Japan, will stage the multi-sport event in 2020, followed by Paris, France, in 2024, and Los Angeles, California, in the US in 2028.

In addition, the Chinese capital of Beijing, which will host the next winter Games in 2022, is a member of the C40 network.

The IOC’s Sustainability Strategy is part of the organisation’s Olympic Agenda 2020 strategic roadmap, which cites climate as one of its five key focus areas.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, chair of the IOC’s Sustainability and Legacy Commission, said: “Given that the next four editions of the Olympic Games will be held in significant cities that are part of the C40 network, this collaboration was a natural and fantastic opportunity.

“Our goal is to make the Olympic Games best fit the long-term needs and objectives of the host cities. That includes incorporating sustainability in all aspects of planning for and delivering the Olympic Games.

“By signing this MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), we will be able to better assist current and future host cities of the Olympic Games in achieving their climate change goals by utilising the expertise and experience of the C40, and for both parties to showcase related initiatives and results.”

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and chair of C40, added: “Hosting the Olympic Games is a unique privilege for any city, and provides an amazing opportunity to accelerate the climate and air quality initiatives that mayors need to implement for the future of their citizens.

“This partnership between the IOC and C40, two organisations with a long experience of showcasing cities, will ensure the Olympic Games and climate transition go hand in hand in securing a sustainable future for everyone.”