Hamburg has revealed the first details of its bid which it says would be a sustainable and fair Olympic Games in 2024. Hamburg environment senator Jens Kerstan said Wednesday, “we want to show that sustainability – environmentally, socially and economically can give a decisive edge towards Hamburg’s success”.
“Hamburg is the promise of compact, green and sustainable Games in the candidate race for the Olympic Games of 2024.”
Hamburg’s plan is to make the Games carbon neutral. To achieve this in the face of hundreds of thousands of guests and corresponding traffic issues, the city says it is considering a climate levy making the downtown area of the city a car-free area during the Games.
According to Christoph Holstein, head of the city’s sports council, the current budget of 10 million euros ($10.9 million) can be reinforced with a planned total fund of 50 million euros – enough to stage the Games.
He added that Hamburg was keen to ensure fair conditions for workers and environmental friendliness in the supply of materials such as floodlights, seats and ticket printing.
“The [Hamburg] motto should be: Faster, higher, stronger – but with fewer resources, fair and wise in dealing with people and cosmopolitan in attitude; with thrilling sporting games combining sustainability at all levels and can set new standards “, said Professor Gunther Bachmann, Secretary General of the Council for Sustainable Development.
Hamburg is competing with Boston, Rome, Paris and Budapest for the 2024 Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in September 2017.