Green energy to power all 2022 Winter Olympic venues

China is poised to set a record during the 2022 Winter Olympics by using green energy in all venues, a first in the history of the Olympic Games.


2022 Winter Olympic venues construction site (Photo: VCG)

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games reached an agreement with State Grid on Wednesday for renewable energies produced from clean sources.

Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., vice president of the IOC and chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing, participated in signing the agreement.

Zhang said powering Olympic venues with green energy is delivering on Beijing's bidding promises to host a green Olympics.

The move is also expected to promote wide use of green energy across host cities Beijing and Zhangjiakou, extending the legacy of the Winter Olympics, it was added. 

Xin Baoan, general manager of State Grid, said the corporation will speed up the development of an intelligent power supply network using Internet of Things to support the Winter Olympics.