The Tokyo 2020 Games and SDGs
The goal of the Tokyo 2020 Games is not just to create an exciting sports event for the competing athletes and spectators from around the world, but to make a long-term positive impact on the society, economy and environment. The Tokyo 2020 Games formulated the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan and have implemented various measures to help realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Be better, together ー For the planet and the people"
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games sustainability concept focuses on the five themes: 'Climate Change', 'Resource Management', 'Natural Environment and Biodiversity', 'Human Rights, Labor and Fair Business Practice', and 'Involvement, Cooperation, and Communications (Engagement)'. Some of the key sustainability projects include using recycled materials for creating the Tokyo 2020 medals, Olympic torch, and medal ceremony podiums. Furthermore, the games aim to reduce carbon emission through their Carbon offset program, through measures including the use of energy from renewable sources, energy-efficient vehicles, and more.
Besides the five themes, Tokyo 2020 created a Sustainable Sourcing Code for all involved parties to follow; ensuring sustainable sourcing of official Tokyo 2020 Games merchandise, as well as other products and services used for the Games.
Through its planning and preparations, Tokyo 2020 demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and the achievement of the SDGs. This commitment will leave a lasting, positive impact on the world, long after the flames are extinguished in September 2021.