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Dow's carbon reduction programmes helps Olympic Movement

2018-09-27 09:36:00

Worldwide TOP and Official Carbon Partner Dow provides, through its 2018 Dow Carbon Report, a progress update on the carbon reduction programmes and collaborations that have been launched as a result of its partnership with the Olympic Movement.

The results shown in the report are very encouraging. More than four years after the first Olympic carbon mitigation programme run by Dow at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, verified carbon reduction from projects initiated to balance the carbon footprint of the event has amounted to 2,752,803 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), more than five times the commitment made by Dow to the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee in Dow’s role as the Games Official Carbon Partner.

Dow was also the Official Carbon Partner of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and, in this capacity, Dow delivered the committed 500,000 tonnes of CO2e, balancing the estimated direct footprint of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, and an additional 733,677 tonnes of CO2e towards the broader aspirational goal of the Olympic Games ahead of the expected time frame.

Sochi 2014 was the first Olympic Games edition to have the direct carbon footprint of the Organising Committee mitigated even before the event’s Opening Ceremony, while Rio 2016 had the most comprehensive carbon mitigation programme, reaching beyond Brazil to introduce low-carbon technologies across Latin America.

Dr Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Technology & Sustainability Director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions, said: “This report transparently highlights the results of our work – both successes and learnings – and outlines our aspiration for a global and even more impactful programme. The legacy of these programmes goes well beyond the verified results to create broader industry impact during the many discussions with customers and experts throughout the implementation of these projects. Dow’s partnership with the Olympic Movement is showing the world that science and innovation in collaboration can deliver substantial environmental benefits and compelling business cases.”

Marie Sallois-Dembreville, IOC Director of Corporate Development, Brand and Sustainability, added: “In December 2017, the IOC published its Legacy Strategic Approach to better capitalise on the tangible and intangible long-term benefits initiated or accelerated by the hosting of the Olympic Games. We recognise that strategic partnerships are an enabler in the implementation of this approach. The work published by Dow today is a proof point of the real long-term benefits such partnerships can bring to the host regions and the Olympic Movement.”

“Dow’s initiatives with the Olympic Games are being monitored and disclosed – under the monitoring, reporting and verification guidelines prescribed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – by ERM Group. Our responsibility is to conduct independent assessments and validation of Dow’s reports and verify project results,” explained Braulio Pikman, Technical Director at ERM Group, Inc. “The efforts undertaken by Dow are accurately reported and aligned with the methodology outlined in Dow’s Climate Solutions Framework that consolidates, adapts and goes beyond the most acknowledgeable international guidelines while ensuring environmental integrity is protected in all cases.”

Dow-IOC Official Carbon Partnership

In September 2017, building on the successes of these first programmes, Dow and the IOC signed an Official Carbon Partnership to balance the operational carbon footprint of the IOC. This partnership extended the reach and influence of the carbon reduction programme to a global scale, calling on more businesses and communities to contribute to this sustainability effort.

Dow’s Collaboration Blueprint is one of the projects that underpins the collaboration, encouraging other events and organisations to adopt a similar approach to balancing carbon emissions, while catalysing change across value chains.

The 2018 Carbon Report can be requested at https://www.dow.com/en-us/sports/sustainability. For more information about the Collaborative Blueprint, visit www.dow.com/carbonblueprint.

The IOC’s Olympic Legacy information can be accessed at https://www.olympic.org/olympic-legacy/.

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