The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced today that to help deliver a carbon neutral Games in 2010, they have partnered with Offsetters, a Vancouver carbon asset management company and supplier of high-quality carbon offsets to offset direct emissions from the games.
Under the agreement, Offsetters will provider VANOC with a portfolio of offset projects which will reduce a minimum of 110,000 tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, thereby offsetting direct emissions from the Games by the same amount. VANOC and Offsetters will also work together with interested Games partners, sponsors and participants to offset an additional estimated 190,000 tonnes of indirect carbon emissions from the Games caused by activities such as air travel.
As part of the agreement, Offsetters will receive sponsorship rights in the carbon offsets Official Supplier category for the 2010 Winter Games and for the Canadian Olympic Team competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This unique sponsorship makes the 2010 Winter Games the first in Games history to have an Official Supplier of Carbon Offsets and is “a crucial step forward to meeting our goal to make the 2010 Winter Games as environmentally responsible as possible,” said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer.
In March VANOC announced a target to neutralize up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from the Games.