|Tokyo pitches carbon-minus Olympics for 2016|
|Written by Kevin Reichard|
|Monday, 21 September 2009 16:28|
If Tokyo is awarded the 2016 Olympic Games, organizers say they'll present the first carbon-minus games in history.
That's the word from the Tokyo 2016 committee, working in conjunction with new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as part of a larger effort to reduce global CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Tokyo 2016 is expected to outline its carbon-minus vision to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 2 October in Copenhagen.
"For decades Tokyo has been a world-leader in long-term environmental planning. Hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the catalyst to create the ultimate 21st Century showcase of environmental responsibility and sustainability," said Tokyo 2016 Chair and CEO Ichiro Kono speaking at a tree-planting event at Tokyo Bay's 88-hectare Sea Forest green island. "Thanks to the Olympic Games, the world will see how to care for our planet and how sport and daily life can take place in harmony with the environment. We share Prime Minister Hatoyama and Tokyo Governor Ishihara's vision for a greener, brighter tomorrow."
Sea Forest, a man-made island built from reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, has bee proposed by the committee as the Olympic Cross-Country Equestrian, Rowing, Canoe/Kayak and mountain bike and BMX Cycling competitions. The plan is to have a half-million trees planted on it by 2016.
U2 lead singer Bono was one of the first people to plant a sapling on Sea Forest when he gave his backing to the project. Tokyo 2016 Bid members were joined by the Vice Governor of Tokyo, Hideo Sugawara, Beijing 2008 swimming medallist, Junichi Miyashita, and thousands of Tokyo 2016 green supporters, in the sixth major planting stage.
The core of the carbon-minus plan calls for the Tokyo 2016 game to use existing facilities wherever possible, and permanent and temporary new venues will use the latest green development techniques and completely energy-efficient design, including the use of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Low or zero-emission vehicles are also includes in Tokyo 2016's Games plan.