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Sustainable and responsible Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. An overview of the main responsible and ecological commitments of Paris 2024, overseen by the Games Environmental Transformation Committee

The competition venues for the Paris 2024 Games: utility and frugality

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By using 95% of existing or temporary venues, the Paris Games seek to be frugal and useful. Many events will be held in existing well-known stadiums whose facilities are perfectly suited to an event of this magnitude: the Roland-Garros Stadium, Parc des Princes, Accor Arena, Stade de France, Golf National as well as the Vélodrome National.

Some landmark places in the centre of Paris are being transformed into temporary stadiums, with due regard for the challenges of climate change. Such is the case for Place de la Concorde, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars, the Esplanade des Invalides and, further afield, the hill at Élancourt in the département of Les Yvelines.

The Grand Palais Éphémère (‘Temporary Grand Palais’) where events normally held at the Grand Palais are currently being hosted - while the latter is undergoing renovation work - will have its existence extended by several months for the occasion and become the Champ-de-Mars Arena during the Paris 2024 Games. The architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte used sustainable materials - including a wooden structure - in the construction of the Grand Palais Éphémère, which is therefore in phase with the environmental imperatives of Paris 2024.

Other venues, usually used for trade fairs and trade exhibitions - Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and Paris Nord Villepinte - are making their huge spaces available for the Paris 2024 Game Two good examples of using existing venues to minimize environmental impact.

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As for the new competition venues built for the occasion, they are designed to be equally responsible like for example the Porte de la Chapelle Arena: 80% of the surfaces of this new building are planted, façade in aluminium, bio-sourced materials, use of wood ... The new venues are also designed to endure after the Paris 2024 Games and be useful to the local population and communities like the Le Bourget Sport Climbing venue, the aquatics centre at Saint-Denis or the Olympic Village.

The latter, also named the Village de Pleyel - Bords de Seine, is perfectly in line with this wish to leave a legacy of the Paris 2024 Games to the local population and communities: an eco-city with 3,500 homes, a student residence, a hotel, 6 hectares of green spaces, 120,000 m² of activities, offices and services that can accommodate 6,000 employees, and 3,200 m² of local shops will be created there.

Paris, world capital of local and gourmet food

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Over two 15-day periods, Paris will be feeding athletes, volunteers, spectators and all the players linked to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The task is to serve more than 13 million meals, in other words, the world's largest event catering operation. The Paris 2024 Games are committed to supplying gourmet, sustainable, local, and responsible food combined with the know-how and creativity of French gastronomy.

The main commitments are the following: twice as many vegetables in meals (for less CO2), 80% of products from France, 25% of products from less than 250 km from the venues, 30% of organic products, a reduction in the quantity of plastic, limiting of wastage …

Non-motorized forms of transport are central to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The vast majority of competition venues are served by public transport and are therefore accessible, enabling spectators and athletes to get around with minimal impact on the environment. The competition venues also have the advantage of being close to each other.

Non-motorized forms of transport are central to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games as all the competition venues will be accessible by bike. In addition to a network of 60 kilometres of cycle paths linking the venues, 10,000 parking spaces are planned and, for those who do not have their own bike, an additional 3,000 Vélib' bikes will be made available.

The département of Seine-Saint-Denis which is at the heart of the Paris 2024 Games with the Olympic Village, the Stade de France, the Aquatics Centre, the Le Bourget Sport Climbing venue … will benefit from 25 kilometres of additional cycling routes.

Parisians and residents of Ile-de-France will benefit permanently from these many developments implemented for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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