This month, top athletes are competing to cement their legacy in their sport at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Although it may not be immediately apparent to fans, Team Dow also has been working to leave a lasting legacy for the Olympic Movement – a sustainable one.
As a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), our innovations and expertise are playing a winning role in helping improve the sustainability of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, in line with the IOC’s Sustainability Strategy and Olympic Agenda 2020. By bringing together the power of sport and science, we are collaborating to advance world-class technologies and deliver sustainability gains to society.
Here are examples of how we’re working through sport to build a sustainable future, one that extends far beyond the Games.
Through our carbon partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), we have been engaging across industry value chains to drive the adoption of lower-carbon technologies that go beyond current industry practices. The cross-sector partnership uses sport as a platform to enhance visibility and act as a catalyst to drive wider adoption of solutions for reducing emissions in key sectors, including the built environment, food and packaging, renewable energy and industry, and soil and forests—while helping to mitigate the operational carbon footprint of the IOC. Already, we have helped offset the IOC’s operational emission for the period 2017-2020. Beyond carbon mitigation, the partnership demonstrates how existing low-carbon solutions can have a long-term impact on reducing emissions.
Across the Olympic Movement, International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are taking concrete actions to reduce their carbon footprints. To help accelerate and support these efforts, we are collaborating with the IOC to reward carbon offsets to those IFs and NOCs that have demonstrably reduced their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the scope of their organizations and respective events. In 2020, 20 Olympic Movement organizations – 15 IFs and 5 NOCs – received Carbon Action Awards for their climate leadership.
We have been working with our customers to offer various solutions for the construction of new and temporary sporting arenas, as well as to retrofit existing venues from the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 for use in 2021. This collaboration has resulted in infrastructure projects designed to enhance sustainability. In fact, nine of the retrofit structures at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are outfitted with building solutions powered by Dow technology.
Legacy and action. These are important themes of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. They are also important to us. Through highly collaborative partnerships with the Olympic Movement, Team Dow is supporting pathways toward a low-carbon future.
Learn more about our collaborations to promote sustainable practices in the 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report.