Organisers of next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea are making every effort to make it an exemplar of sustainable practices.

The PyeongChang Forum for the Earth and its Citizens has been established as part of the plans for the Games. It will see global science and education leaders gather in Seoul two days before the Olympics, taking place from 9 to 25 February, to discuss priorities for protecting the environment.

And recycling systems and ‘green’ venues are some of the initiatives being incorporated in the host city of PyeongChang, located in Gangwon Province.

“Ordinary citizens of all countries must work together to achieve New Horizons for Sustainability, the theme of our Games,” said Choi Moon-soon, Governor of Gangwon Province,  “so the mission of the Forum is to bring a message to people around the world, especially youth, that we are all connected through sports, the new world of IT, culture and education.”

Then in 2020, the Olympics in Japan wants to be the circular economy Games. Innovators Magazine reported earlier this year the central role sustainability is playing in the planning process, with the Japanese population being urged to donate their unwanted electronics so they can be recycled into gold, silver and bronze medals.