According to Rio 2016, being sustainable means acting in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way in everything we do.
An event the size of the Olympic and Paralympic Games includes the movement of people and things to a single place in a short period of time.
On the one hand, this means an extra demand for accommodation, energy, public safety and transports, among other services.
On the other hand, it is a unique opportunity to hasten the infrastructure investments the city needs and to adopt new practices of production and use, which are less environmentally aggressive.
We work in order to leave the sites we use in a better condition than we received them. This includes reducing the impact on the environment as well as taking care of venues and their surroundings.
We plan the Games with people in mind, in order to create benefits such as work experience, new knowledge, adoption of Olympic and Paralympic values and inspiration to practice sports. The celebration of diversity, the fight against prejudice and the appreciation of the abilities of people with disabilities is an important part of our agenda.
We act in order to leave a positive economic impact, create business opportunities and improve the quality standards of our production chain.
In order to achieve the sustainable transformation proposed in the Carioca bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, commitments were made, aiming at the integration of sustainability criteria in the whole Games cycle, from conception and planning up to operation, review and post-event activities. The principles that rule this integration are: responsibility, inclusion, integrity and transparency.
Responsibility: In all our initiatives, we search for the balance between economic considerations, the reduction of negative environmental impact and the promotion of social benefit.
Inclusion: We are guided by respectful relations with all stakeholders, regardless of race, sex, age, colour, religion, sexual orientation, culture, national origin, income, disability (mental, intellectual, sensory and physical) or any other form of prejudice.
Integrity: Our actions are based on ethical principles, according to international norms on behaviour in the organisation of events.
Transparency: We communicate in a clear, precise, timely and honest way about how our activities affect the economy, environment and society by regularly publishing the results of the decisions taken as well as the Games’ impact on the environment, economy and society.
The Rio 2016 Sustainability Management Plan
Rio 2016 developed, together with the government partners, an integrated action plan, the Rio 2016 Sustainability Management Plan. It includes details of the sustainability-related programmes, initiatives and projects in the Rio 2016 Games planning and operation.
The actions proposed and the commitments made in the Candidature File were the starting point for the development of this plan, to which the maturity gained by the Olympic and Paralympic projects and programmes until now was also added. Sustainability is a topic in constant development and, as it reached an important degree of maturity in recent years, updating the agenda for the Games also took into consideration the evolution of practices, technologies, international norms and Federal, State as well as Local legislation.
The Sustainability Management Plan is a living document that will be updated on the path towards the Rio 2016 Games, taking into account the evolution of projects and programmes as well as stakeholders’ comments and suggestions.