From recycling electronic devices into Olympic medals to reducing and offsetting CO2 emissions and promoting human rights, the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Progress Report highlights substantial progress made towards the delivery of Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Plan.
Version two of the Sustainability Plan was published in June 2018 under the guiding principle of “Be better, together – For the planet and the people.” The Progress Report details achievements to date in the areas of climate change, resource management, the natural environment and biodiversity, human rights, labour and fair business practices, as well as involvement, cooperation and communications. It was published in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Core Option – a set of international standards governing sustainability reporting.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto commented, “With about one year and four months left until the Games, the year 2019 will see Tokyo 2020 undergo a sea change as we transition from the planning phase to the operations phase, which will entail a shift in focus to the respective Games competition venues. This year will be extremely important in our efforts to ensure that sustainability is given adequate consideration. All members of Tokyo 2020 will work as one to cultivate a deeper awareness of their respective roles and ensure that sustainability is incorporated into all of our activities as we look toward 2020 and beyond.”
Key activities and achievements to date include:
“We are pleased to see that sustainability has such a central place in the delivery of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and that so much progress has already been made to turn this commitment into reality,” said Michelle Lemaitre, IOC Head of Sustainability. “The initiatives undertaken by Tokyo 2020 cover a wide spectrum of key areas of sustainability, and show a great deal of innovation and creativity. We look forward to our continued cooperation with the Organising Committee to help the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 become a truly sustainable event, following the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020.”
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020 – the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement – the IOC is engaging with the Organising Committees to ensure that sustainability principles are included in all aspects of the planning and staging of the Olympic Games. To this end, the IOC has been working closely with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, offering guidance, tools and mechanisms in support of the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Plan.