PyeongChang 2018 announced Friday the completion of the bid’s sustainability research report prepared by the bid’s environmental committee in partnership with “distinguished” environmental organizations, including the Climate Change Research Institute of Korea.
According to a press release, the report confirmed that the existing renewable energy facilities in the region can already provide 73.4 per cent of the electric energy demand for a Winter Games, and that a new wind energy plant will be constructed to make the Winter Games self-sufficient with renewable energy in 2018.
Local environmental organizations have reportedly responded positively to the sustainability plans and have added their support to the bid.
Ki-jong Uhm, a member of preservation movement “Our Home PyeongChang 21” said, “on behalf of the organizations gathered today, I am happy to announce our backing of the bid’s sustainability initiative and to deliver our promise of support. We believe PyeongChang 2018’s carbon-neutral Winter Games will be a lasting legacy for our next generation and we are proud to be a part of that process”.
Gwang-jae Lee, Governor of Gangwon Province said, “PyeongChang has the cleanest air and water in our country, and protecting this beautiful environment is a priority for our Winter Games Plan. I am firmly committed to ensuring that PyeongChang 2018 delivers on its promise to organize a sustainable Winter Games should we have the honour of being a host city in 2018”.
Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO said, “PyeongChang 2018 is dedicated to sustainable development, and I welcome the completion of our environmental committee’s special report on how we can deliver an environmentally friendly Winter Games. I would also like to express my appreciation for the local conservations groups’ support. Their backing highlights that we have developed a Winter Games plan that exceeds the highest environmental standards”.