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Tokyo 2020 publishes early plans for ‘sustainable, minimal impact’ Olympics

Tokyo 2020 publishes early plans for ‘sustainable, minimal impact’ Olympics
January 29, 2016

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has today (29th January) published its High-level Sustainability Plan and Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code, confirming its readiness to deliver a minimal impact Games and aiming to raise awareness of the significance of sustainability in today’s world.

Commenting on the document, Takeo Tanaka, Senior Director of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Department, stated “among the recommendations adopted in the Olympic Agenda 2020 is the important theme of sustainability.

“Tokyo 2020 has also made sustainability one of its overriding priorities and will include sustainability in all aspects of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Moreover we have incorporated several Japanese values into our plans including the concept of Mottainai, or the sense of avoiding waste.”

Tokyo 2020 is embracing the entire concept of ‘sustainability’ in its preparations, which covers not only environmental matters, but also the consideration of human rights, working conditions and management of supply chains.

The High-level Sustainability Plan is the framework outlining the basic approach to be adopted to ensure sustainability in Games preparations and operations. Tokyo 2020 aims to finalise its sustainability plan by the end of 2016, and to obtain the ISO 20121 international standard for event sustainability management.

The Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code will ensure the sustainable sourcing of products and services deemed vital to the successful delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games with full consideration given to of economic rationality, fairness and equity.

These two documents provide a basis for considering sustainability from the planning stage, but leaves scope for further development through the collection of ideas, opinions and information from various delivery partners, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, private entities, and NGOs/NPOs. The Organising Committee is also inviting suggestions from people throughout Japan and across the wider world to further ensure the delivery of sustainable Games. Those wanting to contribute cam do so through the Tokyo 2020 official website until Friday 12th February.

For more information Email: sustainability@tokyo2020.jp

Click here to view the High-level Sustainability Plan.

Click here to view the Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code.

Images: The planned aquatic centre (top) and tennis venue (below) for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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