Our environment takes the podium
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be the greenest in the history of the Olympics. VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Committee) is determined to go green.
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be the greenest in the history of the Olympic organization. VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Committee) is determined to go green, offset carbon emissions, and get athletes and spectators alike onboard with many of its unique environmental initiatives.
Manage the carbon
For the Olympic Winter Games, energy is used for many things—to make snow, freeze ice sheets and sliding tracks, power equipment, heat buildings, and transport people and goods.
In order to help combat the carbon emissions caused by this enormous energy use, VANOC has developed a carbon management program to reduce and offset emissions.
Reduce, reduce, reduce
Olympic planners have focused on reducing carbon emissions at the source. Through such measures as transportation planning, green venue design and construction, and power planning, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be the greenest Olympics thus far.
Emission reduction in action
The skinny on offsetting
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Games are the first Olympic Games to actively offset its carbon footprint from the initial planning stages until the close of operations.
Direct emissions (such as those caused by venue construction and the operation of VANOC’s transportation fleet) are being offset by the carbon management company Offsetters. Indirect emissions, such as those caused by travel to and from the Games by spectators and athletes, are still presenting a challenge for organizers to meet.
To help the Olympic Games meet its sustainability targets, those planning to attend could calculate their carbon footprint, make every attempt to reduce it, then purchase offsets for any remaining carbon emissions. Air travel to and from the Olympic city is expected to account for about 70 percent of the carbon footprint of the Games, so flyers should be sure to visit offsetters.ca to learn more about reducing their personal environmental impact.
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