With the United States looking to be a serious contender in capturing the 2022 Winter Olympics, there is also a lot of talk of the ways they are looking to construct an environmentally friendly space for the games to take place in.
The International Olympic Committee is on the same page here. With the partnership between them and DOW Chemical and CEO Andrew Liveris (the official sponsor of the Olympic Games through the decade) shows the IOC's commitment to green sustainability. IOC President, Jacques Rogge believe this partnership shows the Committees commitment to advancement, sustainability and international collaboration.
While the Olympics are an amazing display of athleticism and unification, it is also admittedly a carbon-rich event. Scientists have estimated that more than 2/3 of carbon emissions are produced from the event. This high statistic is a result of the fact that of the 1.5 million Olympic spectators, most travel via airplane.
USOC members and Andrew Liveris DOW CEO continue to prove that they are committed to finding ways to continue the environmentally conscious ideas. Here are a few examples shown in Beijing that the IOC is looking to further:
• Solar power - Solar power lit up lawns, streets, courtyards, and several venues, including some within the Olympic Village. A 130 KW photovoltaic lighting system illuminated the city's National Stadium,
the main venue for the football competition.
• Water Conservation - Waste water was collected from the Qinghe sewage treatment plant and filtered back to be used by the village and other grounds various heating and cooling requirements. This water
conservation measure saved 60% in electricity. Rainwater was also collected from the site grounds. In summary, over 75,000 gallons of water was collected via porous bricks, road pipes and wells installed on
• Natural Light - Remember the 'Water Cube' where the aquatic events were held? The walls of the National Aquatics Centre provided natural light, 'beam-pipes' moved sunlight through corridors, toilets, and car parks at many of the venues, including the Olympic Green.
• Recycling - The 2008 Olympic hosts set a goal of 50% recycling of waste paper, metals, and plastics.
While the Olympics in 2008 had great new ways to use filtration and insulation for the events, the IOC as well as the USOC is hoping to progress that vision to include many other products that will help reduce waste and promote conservation. You can expect these products to appear all over the market in the next year.
Written by Nerissa Barry