Sustainable and environmentally-friendly Games

Updated on 06/06/2024
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Renewable electricity supply, new buildings adapted to the impacts of climate change, elimination of single-use plastic… The City of Paris has been committed to organizing sober and sustainable Games since the start of the bidding process.
Preparing for and hosting the Games is an opportunity to build a more sustainable, more inclusive, fairer, more beautiful, more sporting and more civic-minded city for the people of Paris. The capital's Olympic and Paralympic legacy will be built on these principles. Since June 20th, 2019, the Délégation générale aux Jeux olympiques et paralympiques et aux grands événements (DGJOPGE (Organizing committee)) has been working on the redevelopment of the Paris area through 20 key measures. This program, called Transformations Olympiques, is already shaping the city. It is supported by all of the City of Paris's departments. The DGJOPGE, which has been working on its application since the start of preparations for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (JOP), is gradually refocusing on sustainability and inclusion ambitions that will be implemented as part of the Games.

The first Games aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement

Right from the start of the bid, Paris laid the foundations for an exemplary and ambitious sustainability strategy: supplying renewable electricity during the Games, adapting new buildings to the impacts of climate change, and making air, noise and light pollution quality tests, catering with responsible food sourcing, committing to zero food waste and a zero waste objective during the event, clean transport vehicles for the Olympic Family, reusable materials on temporary venue sites.
The Paris Games are the first international sporting event to embrace carbon neutrality. With the aim of halving CO2 emissions compared to the London 2012 Games. These will be the first Games aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by 195 countries in 2016. As a result, the Paris Games carbon footprint will be reduced by 55% compared to that of the London Games.
The city is also working closely with Paris 2024 to ensure that this sustainable model for hosting major events can be duplicated worldwide and shared with other international organizers. The aim is also to make Paris a single-use plastic-free city by 2024, thereby setting an example to the world as a sustainable city.

Certified organization

Since Euro 2016, the City of Paris has embarked on an ambitious process to achieve ISO 2012.1 certification. This international standard (launched at the time of the London 2012 Games) has made it possible to create a responsible management system within local authorities, guaranteeing conditions conducive to the proper consideration of sustainable development issues in the events business. In tangible terms, this continuous improvement approach involves a participatory process with stakeholders and concrete actions in terms of the sustainability and impact of events hosted in Paris.

Sustainable Games

To make the Olympic and Paralympic Games a lever for the city's social and environmental transformation, the DGJOPGE started pursuing major projects in 2021, notably with the start of work on the Arena Porte de la Chapelle and development work improving accessibility to the Pierre de Coubertin stadium. The installation of an entertainment zone in the Jardins du Trocadéro with a live broadcast of the Tokyo Games, was a precursor to the planned Paris 2024 celebration zones.
The DGJOPGE has also pursued a number of innovative programs as part of the Transformations Olympiques program: setting up a network of para-hosting clubs, encouraging the use of water bottles and creating 3x3 basketball courts.

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  • On Tuesday June 23th, 2015, Anne Hidalgo, the Paris mayor, submitted an official Paris' 2024 bid.
  • On September 12th, 2015, the bidding application was officially made to the IOC authorities.
  • In February 2016, the first complete file describing the bid concept was submitted.
  • On October 7th, 2016, the second bid package on governance, legal aspects and financing was submitted.
  • In 2017, following the submission of the final bid file, the IOC Evaluation Commission visited the two bidding cities, Paris and Los Angeles.
  • On September 13, 2017, in Lima, Peru, Paris was announced as the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games host city.