Sustainability Plans for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

A new set of sustainability measures to support the greening of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio have been agreed upon by UNEP and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee. This will involve the development and implementation of a Rio 2016 Sustainability Management Plan in partnership with local and national government in Brazil.

Sustainability at 2016 Summer Olympics in rio_UNEP

Photo credit: Alex Ferro/Rio 2016


The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are organized around four principles for managing sustainability in events: responsibility, inclusion, integrity and transparency. These principles were set forth in the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidate Application, which served as a starting point to develop the Sustainability Management Plan.

The bid application for the games identified three pillars for sustainability: Planet, People, Prosperity. Each pillar consists of the following nine themes: 

  • Planet (Reduced Environmental Footprint): Transport and Logistics, Sustainable Design and Construction, Conservation and Environmental Restoration, Waste Management
  • People: Engagement and Awareness, Universal Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Prosperity: Sustainable Supply Chain, Management and Reporting

A sustainability logo was also unveiled by the Organizing Committee and will be placed on relevant products and information materials.

“Sports can and should play a leading role in the promotion of a more sustainable world,” said the Rio 2016 President, Mr. Carlos Arthur Nuzman. “Since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio, the Olympic movement’s environmental awareness has grown. Our goal is to integrate sustainability into all dimensions of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games and thus create a legacy for all society.”

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