A ‘low-carbon zone’ is planned for the 2022 Winter Olympics in China’s Hebei province with the help of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The planned Olympic centre and stadiums in the city of Zhangjiakou, around 200 km from Beijing, are to be powered by renewables according to IRENA. To this end, the agency this week signed a co-operation agreement with the provincial People’s Government.
As co-host of the Winter Olympics with Beijing, Zhangjiakou aims to generate 50 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. The region has been identified as having high renewables potential with abundant wind, solar and biomass resources.
In addition to helping to establish the ‘low-carbon Olympic zone’ in Zhangjiakou, IRENA will advise on the development of an International Centre for Renewable Energy Industry Innovation in the city.
IRENA director-general Adnan Z Amin said the moves “will not only support China’s ambition to lower harmful emissions, but it will also see them pioneer a movement towards the cost-effective decarbonization of the world’s greatest spectacles.”
And Xu Qin, governor of Hebei province, said: “With abundant renewable energy resources – particularly the area of Zhangjiakou City – the potential of this cooperation with IRENA is broad and bright.
“As both sides work to advance R&D, technology innovation and the broader development of the renewable energy industry, this will support our planning for a low-carbon Winter Olympic Games.”