Working Toward a Greener Olympics
Now that the Olympics are in full swing, we wanted to provide a closer look at how energy efficiency played into the preparation.
It is estimated that the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will cost $10 billion dollars in total and a significant portion of that money has gone to making sure the Olympics are as energy-efficient as possible.
The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympics Games, or POCOG for short, has worked to establish a recycling infrastructure, construct buildings in a sustainable manner, coordinate green transportation thereby minimizing carbon emission, restore damaged nature and purify polluted water.
There are 13 total venues for this year’s games, six of which are brand new. The constructed venues for the PyeongChang Olympic Games were designed to use renewable energy, which will be generated from geothermal and solar power plants. In addition, wind power generation facilities have been installed to generate electricity for the Games. Since the average temperature in PyeongChang in February ranges from 33-35⁰F, these extra steps were necessary to ensure heating costs stay down.
As you continue watching the fun and games this week, don’t forget to take note of all the hard work and effort that went into making this year’s games more energy-efficient than ever.