Putting sustainable thinking at the heart of the Olympics planning process is very much the New Norm for the organisers.

The Olympic Agenda 2020, agreed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2014, incorporated a pledge to ‘include sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games’.

And on the eve of the PyeongChang winter Olympics – currently underway in South Korea, the New Norm proposals – 118 reforms to delivering more ‘affordable, beneficial and sustainable’ Olympics – were presented to the IOC. It complements and builds on the Agenda 2020 vision and offers a package of support and services to ensure host cities are able to implement these goals.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “It is a fundamental rethinking of the organisation of future Games. This will lead to a new norm – from the candidature for and the delivery of the Games through to their legacy.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics – which runs until 25 February – is showing the way on sustainability and as we reported on these pages last year, Japan 2020 is striving to be the circular games.

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