Rio 2016 Receives World leading Sustainability Certification Having Dow as Key Partner
Sao Paulo, Brazil - February 10, 2016 - The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games recently received the prestigious ISO 20121 international standard – a top global sustainability certificate for the organization of major events.
The 20121 international standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to ensure that events leave a positive economic, environmental and social legacy, with minimum waste, energy consumption, or strain on local communities. It emphasizes the importance of planning and good management.
As the Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016 and a key contributor to Rio 2016's Abraça (“Embrace”) Sustainability program, Dow is working to address a highly-strategic area of the Rio 2016's environmental commitment: the mitigation of the Games' carbon footprint.
“This is a unique recognition to our relentless work to deliver Olympic and Paralympic Games with a long-lasting legacy of environmental stewardship and social responsibility in Brazil,” says Tania Braga, head of Sustainability and Legacy for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. “Dow has been a partner of our Abraça program since its early stages, and it is really making a difference to help us achieve our carbon management goals. Dow's strong partnership has supported us in reaching such high levels of excellence.”
As the Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016, Dow will mitigate 500,000 tons of CO2equivalents (CO2eq) from organizing and hosting the Games through 3rd party-verified emissions reductions. Dow and Rio 2016 will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2eq in climate benefits by 2026, addressing other Games-related emissions.
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