Renewable Energy Might Power 2022 Olympics

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Posted by Dud from the Environment category at 24 Oct 2018 03:05:32 pm.
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Organizers of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, to be co-hosted by China’s Zhangjiakou city and neighboring Beijing, are planning a low carbon footprint for the event with a commitment to the increased use of renewables.

After signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Zhangjiakou city, The Agency of International Renewable Energy stated that they have joined forces to cultivate a road map that is low in carbon and that by 2020, Zhangjiakou will derive 50% of its energy from renewable supplies. Amin stated that China is evolving into a world leader regarding the latest energy economy as well as a crucial player in energy change — from adopting renewable energy to innovation in technology.

In 2008, during the Summer Olympics held in Beijing, concerns were raised that the air quality in the Capital city has sometimes been lower than levels deemed acceptable and healthy by the World Health Organization. In fact, the levels of air pollution in Beijing still raise public health fears.

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During the signing of a memorandum, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) director-general, Adnan Amin, emphasized that China has already made solid improvements regarding its aims to increase renewable energy.

In response, Xi Jinping, Chinese President, has placed health at the vanguard of governmental policy. Not only does his signature appear on the Paris climate agreement, but according to a district evaluation from Frost & Sullivan consultancy group, Asian economies will lead humanity when it comes to implementing clean energy tech.

The IRENA MOU demands a "low-carbon" region in Zhangjiakou where amenities for the upcoming Olympics will be drawn from renewable energy. For 4 years up to 2016, the incorporation of Chinese solar energy has amplified by a factor of 10. Overall, the country intends to spend a minimum of $350 billion on renewables during the following 2 years.

According to Amin, the quest for a 2022 low carbon Olympics won’t merely bolster China's determination to reduce dangerous emissions, but will make them pioneers in the move to cost-efficient decarbonization during one of the most significant and followed events in the world.

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