Paris 2024 Signs National Charter On Environmental Responsibility

Paris 2024 has joined organizers of the 20 largest international sporting events in France to pledge a shared commitment to delivering environmentally responsible and sustainable major sport events with the signing of a national charter.

Eiffel Tower in Paris lit up green to mark beginning of the Paris Agreement

Eiffel Tower in Paris lit up green to mark beginning of the Paris Agreement

The charter, thought to be the first of its kind in the world, was developed by the French Ministry of Sport in partnership with World Wildlife Fund France (WWF), a strategic partner of Paris 2024.  It supports the sustainable organization of major sporting events in France and sets out 15 binding principles that organizing committees must adhere to at all stages of the planning, preparation and staging of their events.

Thierry Braillard, Secretary of State for Sport, and Pascal Canfin, Director General of World Wildlife Fund France,  (WWF) welcomed the commitment shown by Paris 2024 and other event organizers and congratulated those present for their proactive approach to sustainability and shared aspiration to limit the environmental impact of major events in France.

Canfin said, “with its compact Games plan and focus on green strategies, Paris 2024 continues to place sustainability at the very heart of its bid.”

“Its involvement as a leading partner in the Charter further highlights the bid’s strong environmental record which includes the establishment of an Environmental Excellence Committee chaired by Isabelle Autissier, President of WWF France in June 2016, the targeting of the ISO 20121 international best practice certificate in sustainable event management, and an ambitious carbon offsetting policy which will see Paris 2024 become the first carbon neutral bid campaign for an Olympic Games thanks to its partnership with Groupe Caisse des Depots”.

The full list of signatory organisations is:

  • Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid
  • 2017 Men’s World Handball Championships
  • Eco-Trail de Paris
  • Schneider Electric Paris Marathon
  • French Open Badminton
  • Formula E Grand Prix
  • 2017 Ice Hockey World Championships
  • 2017 World Surfing Games 2017
  • Roland Garros
  • National Rugby League of France
  • Amaury Sport Organisation(ASO)
  • IAAF 2017 Diamond League meeting in Paris
  • 2017 World Wrestling Championships
  • Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
  • Tour de France
  • World Championship of Water Skiing 2017
  • 2017 CanoeSlalom World Championships
  • GayGames 2018
  • European Women’s Handball Championship 2018
  • 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Bid Committee for the organisation of the 2023 FIS Ski World Championships

Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-Chair, IOC member and triple Olympic Champion said “the signing of this agreement is further proof of the commitment of the French sports community towards sustainable development and our desire to contribute to the collective global movement to safeguard the environment.”

“By being part of this initiative, Paris 2024 is once again demonstrating that we are fully engaged with Olympic Agenda 2020 as we continue to plan our Games of passion and purpose that we can share with the world.

“As we prepare to submit the final part of our candidature file to the IOC, we want to demonstrate that Paris 2024 and the city of Paris are leading the way in the delivery of sustainable and responsible major sporting events and we will continue to act as a global hub for sustainable innovation.”

Paris is bidding for the 2024 Olympics with Los Angeles and Budapest.  The host city will be elected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13 in Lima, Peru.