A green Winter Games
Skiing center Zhangjiakou harnesses new energy for the 2022 Olympics
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.
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.