WWF notes that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics "are far" from being sustainable

The environmental NGO WWF said Monday that the organization of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games "raises serious doubts" about the sustainability of the sporting event, due to its standards for using natural resources such as wood, fishery products or palm oil.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics sustainable, WWF.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics sustainable, WWF.

The organizers of the next Olympics have placed respect for the environment among their top priorities for the Olympic event, and in January 2016 they established a code for the sustainable use of resources and services.

However, WWF believes that Tokyo 2020 is “far away” from reaching its goal of getting the next Olympics to be “at the forefront of sustainability,” according to the environmental organization in a letter sent to the International Olympic Committee and published Monday. .

The protocols established for the use of raw materials such as wood, paper, fishery products or palm oil are “far below the best existing practices worldwide and are inappropriate for a global event like the Olympic Games,” he says. in the note the executive director of WWF Japan, Ron Tsutui.

He also criticizes that the organizing committee “has shown little interest” for the advice of the working group established by the Tokyo 2020 officials themselves in order to write these standards, and of which the aforementioned environmental organization was part.

Among the specific requests made by WWF is to set principles to have more detailed information on the origin of all the raw materials used in the Games, as well as to make a final external report that evaluates the resources used.

This NGO affirms that a high profile event like the Olympic Games "has a duty to show leadership" when it comes to using and consuming natural resources in a sustainable way, as well as "leaving a legacy that helps transform society."

In its code of sustainable use of resources, Tokyo 2020 states that “it will comply with all current regulations”, in addition to taking into full consideration “the impact of its policies from the point of view of climate change, the scarcity of natural resources or loss of biodiversity, business practices or human rights ”.