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Inside Paris 2024’s plans to hold the most sustainable Games yet

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🗞️ Driving the news: Paris 2024 Olympics is taking measures to minimize its carbon footprint, with 95% of venues being existing or temporary structures
• Organizers aim to halve emissions compared to the 2012 and 2016 Games, despite controversial decisions like holding surfing competitions in Tahiti to limit new construction

🔭 The context: The Games will use wood, low-carbon cement, and salvaged materials for new constructions like the Olympic Village and aquatics center
• Paris plans to provide 60% plant-based food and power venues with renewable energy to further cut emissions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Paris 2024 aims to set a sustainable model for future events, crucial for reducing the environmental impact of large-scale gatherings
• The focus on reducing construction and transportation emissions highlights the importance of sustainable practices in combating climate change

⏭️ What's next: Organizers will use offsetting to compensate for unavoidable emissions and continue adapting sustainability plans
• The Games' efforts to use existing infrastructure and renewable energy may influence future hosts to adopt similar eco-friendly measures

💬 One quote: “We say that sustainability is a collective sport...We’re still working very, very hard to go as far as we can,” said Georgina Grenon, director of environmental excellence for the Paris Games

📈 One stat: Paris 2024 aims to limit emissions to 1.58 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, significantly less than previous Games

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