Tokyo 2016 Pledges Greenest Games

On the heels of a successful G8 Summit in Japan, Tokyo 2016 issued a press release saying it pledges to deliver the “most environmentally-friendly Olympic and Paralympic Games in history”.

Tokyo 2016 made the commitment after G8 world leaders reaffirmed a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050.

At the Summit, Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, Chair of the Summit, and Supreme Advisor to Tokyo 2016, outlined his commitment to create a low carbon society to “pave the way for a better world”.

Tokyo 2016 said it will create a green legacy for the Olympic Movement, Japan and the international community. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is engaged in a ten-year plan for “Big Change” which will see Tokyo become home to a ”massive” 1,000 hectares of new greenery in the city by 2016 and reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent in 2020 compared to 2000.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “the Olympic Movement is celebrated across the globe as a symbol of hope and inspiration. Post-G8 we are reminded of our responsibility to create a better world for the benefit of future generations. Like the G8 leaders, Tokyo 2016 is making the environment an absolute priority as we bid to unite Green with 2016. This is a concrete commitment that we will offer the world.

“Through Games-related initiatives we will help to transform Tokyo, where water and greenery already cover more than half the area of the city, while raising greater awareness of the need to tackle climate change. We will build a lasting legacy for the Olympic Movement, Tokyo and Japan that will stretch far beyond our borders and inspire other nations around the world”.