Committing to 100% renewable power for the 2020 games, Japan’s Olympic organizing committee plans to offset all unavoidable CO₂ emissions, ensure that all products are sourced according to a strict , and use lease and rental services so that 99% of procured goods will be recycled or reused.
The is being designed as a new model for sustainable inner-city housing, with seawater heat pumps, food waste-powered biogas, and nationally sourced timber. And with aims to integrate city and nature.
Also being creating are of new green space, while existing spaces are being as nature reserves to protect biodiversity. There are plans to filter rainwater and waste water for use at competition venues.
Tokyo 2020’s sustainability focus is important not just for future Olympics, but also for Japan itself. If such a vision is achieved, Tokyo could significantly raise the bar for future games, which have typically created massive carbon footprints.
Taking a lead in clean energy and climate action – a return to the turn of the century, when Japan played a in forging climate consensus – could be the country’s opportunity to carve a new geopolitical path.
Of course, it’s not without competition.
Reference- The Quint, Climate Action website, Tokyo2020.org