How Paris 2024 is embracing environmental sustainability

Last updated on 20 February, 2024
The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 will be unlike any other in history: both spectacular and sustainable.
visual of proposed olympics opening ceremony in Paris 2024

With 4 billion viewers, 13.5 million spectators, 15,000 athletes, and 206 nations, it's a platform to display sustainable and forward-thinking values to the world.

Paris 2024 is set to be the most eco-friendly, inclusive, and economically viable Olympic and Paralympic Games ever. By prioritising sustainability, the organising committee is taking a more conscious and responsible approach to major events.

Paris 2024 will begin a new era of Olympics following the plan of the Olympic Agenda 2020. This agenda draws on creative strategies and innovation to come up with new ways of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It sets an example and raises standards for hosting big events, making sustainability the usual practice instead of a rare occurrence.

The Sustainability and Legacy Report (PDF, 6.7 MB) for Paris 2024 (the “Paris 2024 Plan”) says, “We are collectively building a new model to ensure they control their impact on their surroundings as well as the entire planet, bring people together and are inclusive, frugal and sustainable”.

The Paris 2024 Plan mentions that the IOC aims to “secure greater solidarity, further digitalisation, increased sustainability, strengthened credibility and a reinforced focus on the role of sport in society.”

This will be the first Olympic and Paralympic Games aligned with the Paris Agreement. The Paris 2024 Plan has set itself a target to not exceed 1.5 million tonnes of CO2. This is half the average carbon footprint of Tokyo 2020.

The Paris 2024 Plan is working towards halving the carbon footprint of The Games. They’re aiming to achieve this by supporting key initiatives in France. These include the circular economy, 100% renewable energy sources during the event, sustainable food sourcing, efficient digital technologies, cleaner transport, biodiversity protection, and reduced water consumption and waste generation (page 21).

Paris 2024 will be hosted in the heart of the city, utilising 95% already existing or temporary infrastructure and minimising the need to undergo new constructions. The 5% that will be built for Paris 2024 will benefit residents long after the Closing Ceremony.
The Paris Plan highlights that a fleet of clean vehicles will transport the participating athletes and media. However, Paris already boasts an efficient and effective public transport system; the use of which will be prioritised for spectators (page 57). It will be enhanced for Paris 2024 and increased services will accommodate the influx of spectators (page 107). Additionally, dedicated bike lanes and other active mobility options will encourage eco-friendly modes of transport (page 125).

The Celebrating the Modern Taste of France Paris 2024 Food Vision (PDF, 11 MB) says it will offer more sustainable food offerings. They're targeting an average of 1 kg of CO2 per meal, compared with the 2.3 kg French average (page 16). There will be a 50% reduction of single-use plastic in catering (page 22). Of the food supply, 80% will be from local agriculture, and 30% will be organic (page 2).


Given the Olympic and Paralympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sport events, the sustainability goals of Paris 2024 represent a monumental step forward in the implementation of ambitious environmental strategies. The Paris 2024 Games will create a new definition of responsible business practices on a global stage, leaving a lasting legacy for many years to come.

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