A green Win­ter Games

Ski­ing cen­ter Zhangji­akou har­nesses new en­ergy for the 2022 Olympics

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Low-car­bon Olympic zone

Back in 2008, China shut down pol­lut­ing fac­to­ries and im­ple­mented anti-smog reg­u­la­tions dur­ing the Games. For the 2022 Win­ter Olympics, be­sides re­forms on pub­lic trans­porta­tion, the city is also tak­ing oth­ers mea­sures to boost re­new­able en­ergy use and en­hance en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, in the spring of this year, Zhangji­akou com­pleted 272,666 hectares of land prepa­ra­tion and com­pleted 152,000 hectares of af­foresta­tion.

Mean­while, the city govern­ment plans to in­vest 2.6 bil­lion yuan ($375 mil­lion) to green the Win­ter Olympics core ar­eas, a land area to­tal­ing 58,000 hectares.

Sep­a­rately, in March, the In­ter­na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (IRENA) signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with the He­bei pro­vin­cial govern­ment to pro­vide Zhangji­akou with a re­new­able en­ergy roadmap to sup­port its am­bi­tions.

The agree­ment will sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of a “low-car­bon Olympic zone” in Zhangji­akou, with plans for both the Olympic cen­ter and Olympic sta­di­ums to be pow­ered by re­new­able en­ergy, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial web­site of IRENA.

Photo: Cao Siqi/GT Photo: VCG

Top: Res­i­dents in Zhangji­akou, North China’s He­bei Prov­ince ride a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered fuel cell bus. The new Beijing-Zhangji­akou rail­way will shorten the trip to 50 min­utes dur­ing the Games.

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