Paris 2024 organizers have committed to organizing the Games with a positive contribution to the climate, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated on Tuesday. This will make Paris 2024 the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to do so.
The decision comes in the wake of the IOC's commitment to making the Olympic Games from 2030 onwards climate positive. The IOC also aims to make the organization itself climate positive from 2024.
“Paris 2024 is pioneering a new model for Olympic Games delivery, fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in the statement. “The IOC is particularly excited to see that Paris 2024 is aiming to organize climate-positive Games already in 2024, in this way setting the pace for future organizers.”
Niclas Svenningsen, the United Nations Climate Change Manager for Global Climate Action, also supported the move.
"Through its new climate action strategy, Paris 2024 is sending a strong signal to the world about the importance of ambitious and inclusive climate action. It is a signal of leadership that the city, where the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted in 2015, is now also hosting the first ever climate-positive Olympic Games," Niclas Svenningsen stated.
Paris 2024 will mark the third time that the city will host the Summer Olympics
Officially known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, Paris 2024 is scheduled to begin on 26 July and will end on 11 August 2024.
The 2024 Games will make Paris only the second city to host three editions of the Summer Olympics after London.
The French capital also hosted the Summer Olympics twice in the 20th century (1900 and 1924).
France has also hosted three editions of the Winter Olympics in the past.