Worldwide Olympic Partner and Global Sports Week Sponsor, Dow, has announced that its Olympic Games- and IOC-related carbon mitigation programmes have now reached combined reductions of more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions since they were launched.
The programmes include the projects initiated with the Organising Committees of the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, as well as the carbon partnership with the International Olympic Committee.
The partnership was initiated in 2017 to balance the operational carbon footprint of the IOC and provide organisations outside the Olympic Movement with Dow’s solutions, which can reduce carbon emissions while catalysing change across value chains. It has allowed the IOC to become carbon neutral, offsetting the unavoidable emissions related to its operations between 2017 and 2020, including the construction of its new headquarters, Olympic House.
Furthermore, Dow has improved coating solutions for infrastructure that are less energy-intensive to produce and require fewer applications, thus delivering greenhouse gas savings.
Dow is also collaborating with Firestone Building Products to support the creation of an energy modelling tool to accurately describe reductions in cost, energy and greenhouse gas emissions of commercial structures that use innovative polyurethane roofing insulation developed by Firestone and enabled by Dow’s polyurethane raw materials.
Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Global Technology and Sustainability Director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions at Global Sports Week Paris 2020.
DOW’S OLYMPIC HOUSE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
To further support the IOC in meeting its carbon mitigation goals, Dow also provided materials and technologies that helped facilitate the sustainable architecture of Olympic House. Dow’s materials included the silicone sealants used within the building’s façade. They helped reduce the operational carbon footprint of the building and improved its energy efficiency and air quality.
SPORTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
With a joint vision of accelerating climate action across the Olympic Movement, Dow and the IOC announced in 2019 a new programme to encourage and incentivise International Sports Federations and National Olympic Committees to measure, reduce and mitigate the carbon emissions related to their operations and events. As part of the programme, carbon offsets are offered to IFs and NOCs that have joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Sports for Climate Action Framework and implemented tangible action to reduce GHG emissions within their respective operations and events. Ten IFs benefitted from the programme in 2019. In 2020, the initiative is being expanded to include submissions from NOCs, in addition to IFs.