Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be completely powered by renewable energy

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be driven by sustainable power, it has been confirmed.

Tokyo 2020 will be driven by renewable energy as part of a plan devised by the Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, which hopes to see every new host take a more environmentally friendly approach to powering the games.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors, participants and press will descend upon Tokyo in two years time for the quadrennial event. The deluge of visitors both generates income and an increased carbon footprint. It’s the latter which the committee are trying to deal with.

In an article published by Japan Times, it was outlined that renewables aren’t the only innovative idea to increase the sustainability of the event.

All electricity used at all venues will be derived entirely from renewable energy sources, in order to promote decarbonization. The committee also plans to use rental and lease services so that 99 percent of the goods procured for the games will be reused or recycled.”

The committee are currently purchasing solar panels from (as of yet unnamed) companies, which will also be used to power the Tokyo 2020 Olympic village, where the athletes, trainers and associated crew will be staying.

It was further stated that “when purchases are necessary, the committee will draw up measures beforehand to secure recipients of the items after their use at the games. The 99 percent recycling and reuse target matches the goal set for the 2012 London Games. Exempted from the Tokyo target will be doping test kits and some other items.”

Targets have been established with regard to recycling as well.

The recycling and reuse target is set at 65 percent, against the 62 percent goal at the London Games.

The committee is considering another project involving citizens, in addition to an ongoing initiative to create games medals out of metals collected from used mobile phones and other equipment.

The moves could set a precedent for international sporting events, allowing the fun to take place without having a detrimental impact on the local environment.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.