Paris 2024 Tuesday launched an Environmental Excellence Committee as a means of “further strengthening the bid’s commitment to green initiatives and sustainable development” the Olympic and Paralympic bid committee said in a statement.
The committee will be chaired by Isabelle Autissier, President of World Wildlife Fund [WWF] France; it will be composed of 24 qualified and renowned personnel including scientists, NGO representatives, athletes and entrepreneurs.
The team is already working toward attaining an ISO 20121 sustainability certificate – a best-practice standard developed for major events. The certificate was held by London 2012 and other major sports events such as UEFA Euro 2016 and Roland Garros also hold the qualification. If obtained, it would be a first for an Olympic bid committee.
Paris 2024 Co-Chair and IOC (International Olympic Committee) Sustainability and Legacy Committee member, Tony Estanguet said “we are delighted to launch the Paris 2024 Environmental Excellence Committee which further underlines the bid’s commitment to sustainability and environmental best practice.”
“As our bid continues to develop, we are looking forward to receiving input and recommendations from the committee which is made up of highly qualified individuals in this field.
“Sustainable development has been at the heart of our campaign since the very beginning. A major clean-up of the River Seine and plans for the proposed Olympic and Media Villages to be converted into a new Eco City with 5,000 homes for local people after the Games are fine examples of our pioneering vision and our ambition to deliver sustainable legacy for all Parisians.”
Autissier said, “the newly formed Paris 2024 Environmental Excellence Committee has an important role to play in shaping the bid vision to ensure best practices in sustainable development are met.”
“We are delighted to get to work and our ambition to become the first Olympic bid in history to hold the ISO 20121 certificate highlights our commitment to deliver a green and sustainable Games.”
The Paris 2024 Environmental Excellence Committee
- AUTISSIER Isabelle, President WWF France
- BLAUEL Celia, Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for sustainable development, climate, water and canals
- BŒUF Gilles, Former President of the National Museum of Natural History
- BOUGRAIN-DUBOURG Alain, President Bird Protection League
- DAVID Ophélie, Ski-Cross World Champion
- DECHY Nathalie, Former Professional Tennis Player
- DECOSSE Lucie, Olympic Judo Champion
- DUCROUX Anne-Marie, Member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council
- FLAMINI Mathieu, Professional Football Player
- FORGUES Wilfrid, Flocon à la Vague – a dedicated environmental association
- FURET Aurélien, President of Second Chance Employment Institution
- MASSON-DELMOTTE Valérie, Climatologist
- MORE Cyril, Paralympian
- NOVEL Anne-Sophie, Blogger
- PASTEAU François, Founder of the association ‘C’est bon pour le Climat’ (It is good for climate)
- PENOT Gérard, Architect Atelier Ruelle
- RICARD Patricia, President of the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute
- ROSTOLAN (de) Maxime, Director of Future Farms
- SAVIN Patricia, President of the Edge
- SIUTAT Jean-Pierre, President of the French Basketball Federation
- TORDO Jeff, former professional rugby player
- TROUBLE Agnès, fashion designer and founder of Agnes B.
- TUBIANA Laurence, French ambassador for climate talks
- WEHRLING Yann, Regional Adviser Ile de France
Paris is up against Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome to host the 2024 Olympic Games with the winner to be elected by the IOC September 13, 2017.