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The ISO 20121 standard was inspired by the Olympic Games London 2012, which were a catalyst for its development. It aims to ensure that events manage and control their potential social, economic and environmental impact, and leave behind a positive sustainable legacy.
The certification covers all Beijing 2022 activities, from planning through to development and implementation. Beijing 2022 is the first event organisation in China to be awarded the certification.
“This certification sends a strong message about not only Beijing 2022’s commitment to sustainability, but also China’s commitment,” said Juan Antonio Samaranch, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022. “This achievement is laying the groundwork for many other events to come in China, be that sporting events or any other events.”
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, Beijing 2022 integrates sustainability across its operations, including areas such as waste management, energy efficiency and carbon management.
Beijing 2022 was also one of the first signatories to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. The Framework was co-developed in 2018 by the IOC, in partnership with UN Climate Change. It aims to develop a global agenda for sport to take concrete action against climate change.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a not-for-profit independent international organisation that is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.4 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.
As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), the athletes and the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) to the Worldwide Olympic Partners, broadcast partners and United Nations (UN) agencies, and shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects. On this basis, it ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.
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