Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 16, 2010 13:34 ET

Government of Canada to Offset Carbon Emissions During the 2010 Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2010) - Today, Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, announced the Government of Canada's commitment to offset federal greenhouse gas emissions for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"Canada is proud to be the first host country in history to help offset the greenhouse gas emissions of its Olympic Games," said Minister Prentice. "This commitment is one of many ways our Government is contributing to sustainable Games and meeting our global climate change responsibilities."

The Government of Canada's will invest an estimated $150 000 in carbon reduction initiatives to offset the estimated 7,600 tonnes of emissions created by the activities of thousands of government employees involved in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; activities including employee air travel, accommodations and the Torch Relay event.

The carbon offsetting initiative is one of several initiatives the Government of Canada is undertaking, in close collaboration Vancouver Organizing Committee and other partners to build sustainability into the Games.

"The Government of Canada's support for the climate goals of the 2010 Winter Games is an important milestone and legacy from our Games" said VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong. "It demonstrates how Games organizers and partners can work together to reduce their own environmental footprint while also advancing the new technologies required to successfully make the transition to a low carbon economy."

Other federally supported initiatives include:

  • Environmental assessments of venue sites to reduce the ecological footprint of the Games;
  • The Canada Line representing 19 kilometers rail transit system that links downtown Vancouver with central Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport funded under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Program;
  • The BC Hydrogen Highway project showcasing hydrogen and fuel-cell technology including fuel-cell vehicles and fuelling stations, and;
  • The wave roof of the Richmond Oval made from recycled wood from trees destroyed by pine beetles.

"In addition to promoting sustainability at the Games, these innovative approaches will also showcase Canadian environmental technology and ingenuity to the world," added the Minister.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit: www.ec.gc.ca.

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