The 2010 Commonwealth Games Go Green
Ecological Codes to Underpin Environmental Improvements for Delhi-Based Event
Nairobi, 17 February 2010 - The environment will play a key role in this year's Commonwealth Games with the organizers in Delhi today announcing a series of green measures from boosting energy efficiency and air quality to expanding the city's forests.
The Ecological Codes, as the new measures are called, are to be promoted jointly with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) over the next eight months in the run-up to the opening ceremony.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "The Commonwealth Games, like the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup, represent an inordinate opportunity to pilot innovative ideas and transformational policies able to deliver a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy."
"The potential positive impact for Delhi's 14 million inhabitants is matched by the environmental awareness generated across the world. UNEP is delighted to be working with the Commonwealth Games for the first time ever and we look forward to a positive environmental legacy for the residents of this historic, capital city," he added.
The new Ecological Codes launched today will provide guidelines on conserving biodiversity, energy efficiency, effective waste management, reduced air and noise pollution and sustainable transportation.
Since October 2007, when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games, UNEP has acted as an advisor for promoting environmental awareness and ensuring that the best of international practices are being implemented to ensure a green sporting event.
As a major emerging economy with a sixth of the world's population, India faces major challenges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality. Transportation alone is a major contributor to climate change and air pollution in mega-cities like Delhi.