Rio 2016 has announced the Dow Chemical as the Official Carbon Partner of the next Olympic Games, with a goal of creating climate advantages to lessen the greenhouse gas emissions from the event.
Through this partnership, Dow will be the first partner of Rio 2016’s “Abraça (‘Embrace’) Sustainability”, the program developed by Olympic Organizing Committee to promote the Games with low environmental impact.
Dow will be responsible to mitigate 500,000 tons of CO2 equivalents from the Games through 3rd party-verified emissions reductions. They will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2eq in climate benefits by 2026, addressing other Games.
For Rio 2016, sustainability is an authoritative plan beginning from the preparation stage staying through the delivery and post-Games. Responsibility for the management of carbon emissions is a commitment from the Games’ bid. The technologies are going to create a legacy for strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy, said, Tânia Braga, head, sustainability, Rio 2016.
The basic principle for ‘Abraça’ is to make the most of sustainability within the Games, with good actions for the environment, people and business. This partnership with Dow gives opportunity for different businesses to lower their carbon footprints, contributing to one of Rio 2016’s key sustainability goals, which is the mitigation of its own emissions, says, Renato Ciuchini, chief commercial officer, Rio 2016.