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World Wildlife Fund questions Tokyo 2020 environmental standards

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The World Wildlife Fund has said Tokyo 2020’s protocols for ensuring environmentally-friendly procurement fall “far below globally accepted sustainability standards”.

Japan Today reported that the environmental group is particularly concerned about the Tokyo 2020 organising committee’s rules that are meant to ensure it uses sustainable sources for timber, fish, products, paper and palm oil.

WWF Japan chief executive Ron Tsutsui said: “As the host country of the Tokyo Olympics, Japan is responsible for sourcing and consuming products in a sustainable way. If the Tokyo Olympics fails to lead sustainable sourcing, how can it lead future Olympics or leave a legacy for Japanese society to transform to be more sustainable?”

The organising committee has rejected the criticisms, and said its procurement standards had been informed by international sustainability organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council.

The WWF has written to the International Olympic Committee requesting an external evaluation of Tokyo 2020’s procurement standards, to report back by the end of the year. The Tokyo organising committee has said it will study this request.