The IOC’s climate
positive commitment

In response to the growing climate crisis, the IOC has decided to become a Climate Positive organisation. Learn more in the video below.

IOC carbon footprint

The IOC’s carbon footprint covers the emissions from our daily activities in Lausanne and Madrid and from our corporate events organized in Lausanne and abroad. This includes the operation of our buildings, business trips (by IOC staff, consultants, guests and IOC Members), local transport, employee commuting and the procurement of various goods and services.

Our carbon footprint is largely dominated by travel, and varies considerably year-on-year depending on locations of the host countries for the Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games and our corporate events. The data presented below represents our best estimate of our Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, based on currently available data and according to the GHG Protocol methodology.



IOC ANNUAL CARBON FOOTPRINT


2016


2017


2018


2019


2020


Tonnes CO2e/year


39,070


45,540


60,630


30,050


9,820*


*This will be recalculated and republished in 2022, in order to include CO2 travel emissions which occurred in 2021 but were directly linked to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 postponed to 2021. 

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