The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced Dow Chemical Company as its official carbon partner.
Dow, which is already a worldwide TOP Olympic sponsor, has been charged with delivering a carbon mitigation programme to compensate for carbon emissions from the IOC's daily operations. The collaboration is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, which has sustainability as one of its three key pillars.
The IOC will work with Dow to execute projects within functions such as infrastructure, manufacturing, transport and packaging materials.
Dow has previously implemented successful carbon mitigation programmes in accordance with the organising committees of the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
"Through Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC recognises that we have both an opportunity and a duty to promote sustainability awareness and drive action on a global stage,” said Thomas Bach, president of the IOC. “In addition to being an important element in achieving key objectives of the IOC's sustainability strategy, our partnership with Dow will raise awareness and provide education on this important topic, alter existing business operations, and create sustainable legacies."
Andrew Liveris, chairman of Dow Chemical Company, added: "To change the world, courageous collaborations must be bold, look beyond the capabilities of today, and bring together the best of science, innovation and people - the ‘Human Element’.
“By using a powerful combination of Dow's technologies, expertise and knowledge, and extending the partnership through the value chain to our customers, we are going beyond business as usual with urgency and ingenuity to drive innovation, and lead the transition to a more sustainable planet and society."