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#Green and #Sustainable #Olympics! #PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
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New Horizons for Sustainability: that is the vision the POCOG aims.

It is a vision that provided the focal point of the Sustainability Report for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which was released by POCOG and sets out the efforts it has gone to so far in ensuring that both people and the environment will benefit beyond the Games.
Nort and South Korean to march under a unified flag

Sustainability also means North-and South Korea united at least during the Olympic Winter Games.

As part of its low-carbon drive, for example, POCOG created a recycling infrastructure, provide for sustainable construction, strengthen cooperation networks, generate self-efficient renewable energy and minimized carbon emissions, among other goals.

Solar panels on top of the the Kwandong Hockey Center

The Kwandong Hockey Center is decked out with solar panels. Photo: Digital Globe

Meanwhile, the Globalizing PyeongChang strand seeks to maintain safety and security in the Republic of Korea, achieve compliance with international standards and promote sustainability activities.
In unveiling the report, POCOG President Lee Heebeom said: “The international community has set forth sustainable development as a new paradigm for humanity to face unseen challenges due to climate change and resource depletion, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games is expected to take a leading role in realizing sustainability.
Wind Energy for the Winter Olympic Games
“We will spare no efforts to enhance the status of our country in every aspect, and provide a global venue where global citizens stay connected with passion throughout and beyond the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.”

The Olympic and Paralympic Games is expected to take a leading role in realizing sustainability.

In preparing for PyeongChang 2018 and in its efforts to leave a low-carbon legacy, POCOG is going to every length to limit the environmental impact of the Games. And in seeking to ensure delivery of all actionable items, it has implemented a sustainable management system that maps out and oversees all the initiatives.

As the interim report detailed,  a greenhouse gas inventory cataloguing local sources of greenhouse gas emissions was compiled while a workshop was held to plan the supply of green vehicles during the Games.

A green autonomouse transportation vehicle at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

Self-driving shuttle bus from KT Corporation will be featured during PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in South Korea. (Photo credit: KT Corporation)

Key milestones for 2016 included the opening of the Daegwallyeong Healing Forest, and the Winter Dream Programme, which saw 175 youngsters from 44 countries take part in winter sports training, attend lectures and learn about the history and culture of the PyeongChang area. 

Daegwallyeong Healing Forrest

Daegwallyeong Healing Forrest

“We are very proud of this interim report showing what has been planned and achieved to date,” said Rhyu Taechul, POCOG’s Chief Environmental Manager. “POCOG is very passionate about delivering a sustainable Games and through our five themes we are able to focus our team on the key areas of delivery to ensure tangible results and a lasting legacy for the province and its people.”

As an indication of its success so far, and in a first for the Winter Games, POCOG has been awarded ISO20121 certification in recognition of its creation of a work system that minimizes the burden on local communities while maximizing positive impacts.

POCOG’s main priorities now include finalizing legacy plans for all the venues – with 10 out of 12 confirmed to date – building a “green” transport infrastructure, managing degraded sites and using renewable energy such as solar and wind power at venues.

Hyundai Autonomous vehicle at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

Hyundai Ioniq, autonomous vehicle will be used at the Winter Olympics 2018, South Korea

PyeongChang 2018 Green Pavilion - Carbon Zero Olympic Stadium. How 'green' are you?

In the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the world's largest winter sports festivity, another challenge is becoming hotter than the sports competitions. That is our efforts to realize a Low-Carbon, Green and Sustainable Olympics! At the 'Carbon Zero Olympic Stadium', you can learn in person the amount of carbon emissions generated by the hosting of the Olympic Games, what strategy can be used to offset carbon emissions and how much carbon footprint you leave behind during the Olympic period.

PyeongChang 2018 Green Pavilion

PyeongChang 2018 Green Pavilion

Please try to reduce your carbon emissions to zero at the Stadium. A story will be told in an order of the following: our efforts to make low-carbon, green and sustainable Olympic Games; our future with 4th industrial high-tech emerged; and my daily routine for the carbon zero. Exhibition flow.


See how much carbon the visitor has emitted to arrive at the Olympic venues from home by using transport, accommodation, etc.

Check 1.

How much carbon footprint am I leaving behind? Please check in person the amount of carbon emissions you create while you are traveling to come here and view the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Check 2.

How Much Is My Carbon Offset Fund Contribution? How much should be contributed to offset the carbon emissions you are responsible for? Please join the efforts by planting trees, reducing carbon footprint in daily life and making a carbon offset fund contribution.
How Much Is My Carbon Offset Fund Contribution

Zone2. Our efforts to make a carbon-zero Olympic Games   


Our efforts to make a carbon-zero Olympic Games until we can reach zero carbon emissions, reduce, and reduce again! With the aim to "Realize O2 Plus Winter Games through Low Carbon & Resource Circulation", a wide range of activities are conducted to make an Environmental Olympics into reality by minimizing the carbon footprint created by the hosting of the Olympic Games. (Sustainable venues) 6 new venues are eco-friendly. (Renewables-powered Games) Olympic areas are 100% powered by renewable energy. (Air quality monitoring) Indoor and outdoor air quality is informed in real time. (Eco-friendly transport system) Green cars will be operated during the Games Time (150 E/Vs and 15 hydrogen cars).
Zone3. Sustainable future led by 4th industrial revolution

Zone3. Sustainable future led by 4th industrial revolution

Zone3. Sustainable future led by 4th industrial revolution

Hyundai ix35 - zero emission, #hydrogen powered SUV at the 2018 Winter #Olympics. The car emits H2O!


Sustainable future led by 4th industrial revolution For a Sustainable Future, Adopt the 4th Industrial Revolution Technology! With innovative technologies, we will continue to further develop the knowhow we have accumulated through the low carbon, green and sustainable Olympics, including an intelligent air quality monitoring and forecast system, an IoT-based constant monitoring system on pollutant discharge facility and an IoT-based waterworks management/operation system, using drones and robots. (Intelligent information–based environment services to be provided) IoT-based fine dust gauging, analysis on areas vulnerable to air pollution matters, AI-based forecast and other types of high-quality environment informatization to be implemented (High-tech environment pollution monitoring) Smart environment monitoring techniques and information platforms using e.g. drones or robots to be implemented in order to systematically manage discharging facilities (Extensive examining system for water supply) Robots to be dispatched to deteriorated large water supply conduits to examine internal conditions such as leaking cracks and to take measures of sealing, surface treatment, etc. by developing line-care system Zone4.Low-carbon, green and sustainable Olympic Games, starts from me

Challenge 1.

Recycled or Not? Recycling bins are set up in 1,000 places in the area where the Olympic games are held, and recyclable wastes generated during the Olympic period are immediately collected and reborn as resources. This is a moment neither athletes nor visitors can avoid! Please classify in person whether it is either a recyclable waste or just a trash.

Challenge 2.

Take Action or Not? Shall I go by car, or by bus? Shall I drive as fast as I wish? Shall I keep the economic speed? The amount of carbon emissions reduced by a low carbon lifestyle is larger than expected. Please check in person the amount of carbon dioxide we emit whenever we breathe every day.

Challenge 3.

Learn about Rules for Watching Sports Competitions for Carbon Zero! Take up a challenge as if you were an athlete in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Of course, you are already the best athlete in the Green Olympics just by complying with the rules for watching sports matches for carbon zero. (Participation in circulating resources) Practicing separation of confusable, but recyclable resources (Winter sport; simulation) Official Olympic discipline experience (1.5 mins) and campaigns on e.g. eco-friendly practices as going watch competitions

Zone5. On-site donation to carbon offset fund to offset GHG generated by the visitor, low-carbon codes of conduct, promising to energy-saving practices

Zone5. On-site donation to carbon offset fund to offset GHG generated by the visitor, low-carbon codes of conduct, promising to energy-saving practices 


On-site donation to carbon offset fund to offset GHG generated by the visitor, low-carbon codes of conduct, promising to energy-saving practices; (leaflets about eco-friendly Games participation and accommodation in Korean and English versions to be distributed) Make a Payment of the Carbon Offset Fund Contribution; Become a Gold Medalist in the Low Carbon; Olympics!