VANOC strives for carbon balance

<p>Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics will generate roughly 330,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, an early estimate by the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) revealed yesterday.</p>

 

Suzuki foundation report suggests quality offsets


 

 

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Paul Lingl and Deborah Carlson, the authors of a discussion paper on a carbon neutral Olympics, in Vancouver yesterday.



Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics will generate roughly 330,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, an early estimate by the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) revealed yesterday.



Air travel to and from the Games will create the lion’s share of carbon emissions, an estimated 160,000 tonnes.



Linda Coady, vice-president of sustainability for the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (Vanoc), said she welcomed the Suzuki Foundation’s challenge for a carbon-neutral Olympics.



The report, entitled Meeting the Challenge, was compiled by DSF with Vanoc’s support and partial funding.



It recommends recording the amount of carbon emissions, reducing those emissions wherever possible, and offsetting the balance with "high-quality" carbon offsets purchased at an estimated cost of $4.9 million.



As details of its operational plan are fleshed out — and better estimates become available — Vanoc, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, will formulate its own estimate of the Games’ carbon footprint.



Neither Vanoc nor the DSF would say exactly what form the carbon offsets would be other than to say that they would be high quality and would stand up to global scrutiny.



Paul Lingl, one of the co-authors of the report, gave investment in alternative energy, like wind farms, as an example of a high quality offset.




 
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