How The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Venue Promotes Sustainable Infrastructure for The Better

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venue

How The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Venue Promotes Sustainable Infrastructure for The Better

The Tokyo Olympic Games began their journey on July 23rd, after a year of delay. Over 10,305 individual athletes from 206 nations, regions, and principalities gather to show what they have got to the world. From sports fans to regular citizens, everyone has been looking forward to this rare occasion to show their support for their favourite athletes. Olympic is indeed all fun and games until it comes to how it has impacted the environment for all the years it was held.

The Environmental Impacts of Olympic

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Construction Site | Source: Deutsche Welle

Turns out, the enthusiasm of the public has shadowed the environmental damage that this event has caused. Take the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 as an example. According to environmentalists, the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, had the greatest environmental impact of any Games. Mountains were deforested, and heavy equipment was brought into nature reserves, transforming the entire region into a construction site. Activists and residents mentioned that rubbles were accumulated around Sochi and was simply dumped into quarries and former wildlife sanctuaries. Ordinary garbage also accumulated and found its way into water conservation areas.

Not to mention the smog that engulfed the city during the Beijing Summer Olympics in the same year. Former Olympic venues are also being abandoned all over the world, reducing available space for nature. This has clearly piqued the concern of environmentalists and scientists worldwide. If this continues unabated, the Olympics will no longer be such a prestigious competition, but rather a woeful event that brings the world closer to its end.

Tokyo Olympic Venue Dares To Be Different

Tokyo Olympic Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium | Source: iDesignWiki

In response to the previous issue, Japan, as the Olympic host for 2020, has taken serious measures to avoid obstructive environmental impact. The construction of the Olympic venue is one of their most visible projects. Sustainable infrastructure concepts were implemented.

They claimed that only eight of the 43 competition venues had been built recently from the ground up. Ten of the structures are temporary, while the rest are repurposed buildings. This innovative action of combining temporary, new, and old buildings can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To note, the Yoyogi National Stadium, Equestrian Park, Nippon Budokan, Enoshima Yacht Harbour and Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium have been established during Tokyo’s 1964 Olympic Games period. Tokyo’s newly constructed Olympic Stadium are moreover installed with giant eaves to allow cooling breezes into some areas, reducing the need for extensive use of air conditioners.

Apart from that, the Olympics official website states that nearly all of the energy for Tokyo 2020 is derived from renewable sources, such as solar arrays and wood biomass power. Where renewable energy is not an option, Tokyo 2020 compensates for non-renewable electricity use with green power certificates. Thus, the entire Olympic venue will be environmentally friendly.

In the upcoming future, the Japanese government has found an incredible way to make use of the venues. Nearby, a hydrogen station has been built. Following the Games, the venues will be transformed into hydrogen-powered apartments, a school, shops, and other amenities.

Sustainable Infrastructure for Future Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) 2020 has now require host cities to make the best use of existing venues, lowering both construction costs and carbon emissions. In the future Olympics, it is expected that only 5% of the venues in Paris 2024 will be brand new, and this estimate might drop to zero in Los Angeles 2028. Bravo!


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