Beijing Winter Olympics venues recognized by IOC for sustainability

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The sustainability of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic stadiums has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), according to a working meeting held in Beijing on July 2.

According to a briefing on the meeting, the organizing committee of the 2022 Winter Games has worked out specific requirements and tasks in relation to environmental protection in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, the sites of the 2022 winter games, and issued sustainability guidelines for planning and constructing the stadiums.

It has also put forward specific measures to ensure a green Olympics during the construction, service and procurement procedures, and established a monitoring system to ensure the sustainability of the stadiums.

Building the stadiums in a sustainable way will ensure that the legacy of the games can generate lasting benefits when the games are over, said Han Zirong, secretary general of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee.

Sustainability is an important part of the Olympic Agenda 2020, and one of the core requirements for the "New Norm," unveiled by the IOC earlier this year, is to make the games more affordable and legacy-oriented for future host cities.

Ensuring sustainability for the stadiums is a long-term, large-scale, systematic as well as difficult undertaking, said Han. She called for related departments to undertake their job well and make stadiums more sustainable through innovation.

During the meeting, officials of several departments in the organizing committee also shared their ideas on sustainable management in Olympic venues.

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