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Paris 2024 signs sustainability deal with the WWF

By Matthew Campelli    04 May 2016
Estanguet said sustainability was at the heart of Paris' bid for the Olympics / Francois Mori/AP/Press Association Images

The organisers of Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic Games have signed an “environmental” deal with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to sure up its sustainability credentials.

Paris 2024 co-chairs Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet made the agreement with WWF president Isabelle Autissier, who was also the first woman to sail around the world.

It will see both organisations attempt to organise an event with “positive environmental impacts” which chimes with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020.

Estanguet said sustainable development was “at the heart of the project”, adding: “This is not a goal, it is the very DNA of the application we are building with the athletes and all our partners.

“This agreement will allow us to provide a global project incorporating advances in new infrastructure, existing or temporary, of smart cities, renewable energy, transport and sustainable mobility, management of waste, sustainable foods or preservation of biodiversity.”

Under the terms of the partnership an excellence committee – made up of 24 individuals from science, NGO and athlete and member association backgrounds – will be formed.

Autissier said that the bid was using London 2012 as the inspiration to create an “exceptional opportunity to accelerate the change in lifestyles involving better living and sustainability”.

She added: “Our mission is to ensure that the ambition of the Paris bid for 2024 is the appointment and result in practical, innovative solutions and actions for the benefit of all.”

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