This year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed because of Covid-19, with the opening ceremony initially scheduled on July 24th and the closing ceremony on August 9th. The new date for the Olympic Games will now take place in 2021 from 23rd July to 8th August and the Paralympic Games between 24th August and 5th September, but Tokyo 2020 was to be a celebration of an eco-friendly games and a fantastic insight into the current state of renewable energy as a whole to help boost the sector.
Going forward, the Games will still be called Tokyo 2020 instead of Tokyo 2021, but as we have to wait a year until the Games officially begin, it’s useful to see how Tokyo will invest more into renewable energy over the course of 12-months.
Many of the Olympic venues like the nation’s new Olympic Stadium that opened in 2019, as well as the Tokyo Aquatics Centre and Ariake Arena have had a number of new solar sources installed with geothermal energy for heating and cooling. These renewable systems have enabled Japan to drive towards its goal of seeing all electricity used at all Tokyo 2020 venues acquired from 100% renewable energy sources.
Can Tokyo 2020 Deliver a Long-Lasting Victory For Renewable Energy?
Japan has already built a strong global brand culturally based upon its “Cool Japan” platform. A vision of Japan that sells it as a nation that’s friendly, futuristic, and forever pushing the boundaries of technology.
For developing nations around Asia and the wider world looking to more firmly establish their own cultural identity within the global arena, a successful display to the world of Tokyo 2020’s eco-credentials could drive new action on renewable energy elsewhere.
The Race For a “Green” Games
The years prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic games saw the Brazilian nation battling with economic and political troubles. While many looks back on the 2016 Games fondly, from a renewable energy perspective given solar accounted for around just 0.02% of the nation’s energy in the lead up to the Games, it’s unlikely history will one day credit Rio as the first “green” Olympic Games.
Although Japan is clearly intended to stake a claim to this title, the actions of France in the lead up to Paris 2024 Olympic games is also proving noteworthy. Organisers are ambitious to deliver the “first-ever carbon-neutral games” and directly link their pursuit with the spirit of the Paris Agreement set in 2015.
95% of the venues used for the Paris 2024 will be existing or temporary venues, meaning the negative environmental impact permanent new constructions can bring will be minimised. Additionally, 100% renewable energy will be used for the game’s organisation, clean transport used for delegation travel, and sustainable food will be provided for Olympic athletes and spectators.
Even though the Olympic Games in Paris are 4 years away and the Tokyo 2020 game have been held back a year, it is great to see the amount of enthusiasm for renewable alternatives to help make the planet a more sustainable place.
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