A Framework to mitigate the carbon footprint of events

Partners: The Dow Chemical Company
Countries: Russian Federation
Support Needed: Marketing / Communications The opportunity exists to raise awareness on low-carbon and energy efficient solutions and to apply
Action Areas: Energy Efficiency and Buildings, Agriculture water and food, Infrastructure and settlement
 

Dates: March 13, 2013     December 31, 2014

Vision:

The Dow Chemical Company, as the Official Carbon Partner of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, is implementing energy-efficient technologies and low-carbon solutions to mitigate the direct carbon footprint associated with the delivery of the Games by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. The opportunity exists to apply these technologies and solutions more broadly in Russia to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions beyond the specific footprint of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.

Objectives:

Ever increasing concern for the environment and the planet on which we live has prompted Olympic Games Organizing Committees to implement programs focusing on sustainability. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has made a commitment that every ton of CO2 equivalent produced during the Games be balanced by activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions – delivering Games with minimal impact on the climate.
Dow shares the vision of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and embraces the challenge of setting new standards for minimizing the impact on the climate. In the buildup to 2014, Dow launched the “Sustainable Future” program, leading a groundbreaking initiative to mitigate the estimated direct carbon footprint associated with hosting the Games. This program accelerates the implementation of technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in three key areas: infrastructure, agriculture and industry.
The footprint scope of this partnership was estimated by Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee between 340’000 and 360,000 tons of CO2 equivalents. The mitigation projects are being implemented by Dow in the Russian Federation over a two year period (i.e. 2013-2014). The emission reductions will be completed latest by 2024 and will be at least equivalent, or greater, than the Organizing Committee’s owned emissions – enabling the mitigation of the Games’direct footprint. This footprint includes the CO2 emissions associated with all Organizing Committee’s activities from 2007 (when Sochi won the 2014 Olympic bid) through the Paralympic Games’ Closing Ceremony, the footprint of athletes and volunteers (transport, food, accommodation) and the utilization of venues during Gamestime (waste, energy consumption).
The projects are following a specific framework, the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Framework for Events, developed by Dow with international experts. This Framework builds on various existing guidance documents, providing a new set of event-specific guidelines based on current best practices. Dow’s Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Framework for Events and its application in carbon mitigation projects was critically reviewed and validated by a 3rd party, Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Among other documents, this work builds on the Transformative Calculations, developed by the Caring for Climate Initiative in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund.
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/issues_doc/Environment/climate/LCLP_Calculations.pdf

Beneficiaries:

1. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee
2. International Olympic Committee (IOC)
3. Russian Federation
4. Global community

Contributions to Sustainable Development:

1. All projects being implemented in the Russian Federation, generating GHG reductions, with the commitment to mitigate 360’000 tons CO2 equivalents.
2. The “Sustainable Future” program adds a new chapter to the IOC’s ongoing commitment to enable more sustainable Games; and achieves unique results in the areas of GHG emissions mitigation and carbon footprint offsetting of spectators and media travels.
3. All projects being implemented in the Russian Federation will leave lasting benefits to the country’s infrastructure and economy. The opportunity exists to apply these technologies and solutions more broadly in Russia to achieve GHG reductions well beyond 360’000 tons CO2 equivalents.
4. The Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Framework for Events developed to support Dow’s Sustainable Future program describes principles that are broadly and globally applicable and can guide mitigation projects.

Stakeholders Consulted:

Other Non-profit Organizations (IOC, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee), Subject matter experts and consulta

Current Progress:

Dow is implementing a portfolio of projects with significant energy-efficiency impacts that deliver a positive emissions reductions legacy.
1. Development and validation of the guidance document, the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Framework for Events, has been completed and a copy of the document is available upon request. For more information please contact: Sergey Belyavskiy, Business Development Leader – Dow Olympic Operations: SBelyavskiy@dow.com
2. The first project launched in June, 2013 with a Russian partner, Profflex, has been validated by a 3rd party and has started to deliver GHG reductions. http://olympicpartnership.dow.com/en/news/press-releases/2013/6/27/20130627a
3. The second project was launched in October 2013. http://olympicpartnership.dow.com/en/news/press-releases/2013/20131101a
4. Through a series of educational and informative actions, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and Dow are engaging stakeholders and fans around the world to help them learn how to take responsibility and reduce their own carbon footprint and conserve energy on a daily basis.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfFasHcbOFg

Type of support needed:

Marketing / Communications The opportunity exists to raise awareness on low-carbon and energy efficient solutions and to apply

Project Website:

http://olympicpartnership.dow.com/en/sochi-2014/carbon-partnership/mitigation-projects

Action Areas:

Energy Efficiency and Buildings, Agriculture water and food, Infrastructure and settlement

Link to Action Area(s):

http://olympicpartnership.dow.com/en/sochi-2014/carbon-partnership/our-sustainable-future/infrastructure
http://olympicpartnership.dow.com/en/sochi-2014/carbon-partnership/our-sustainable-future/agriculture
http://olympicpartnership.dow.com/en/sochi-2014/carbon-partnership/our-sustainable-future/industry

Related Global Compact Issue Areas:

Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture

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