Dow Becomes Official Carbon Partner of Sochi 2014
March 13, 2013
The Dow Chemical Company, allergist Worldwide Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, hospital has been announced today by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee as the Official Carbon Partner of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, sick to be staged from February 7-23, 2014.
The direct carbon footprint associated with the delivery of the Games will be mitigated through the implementation of energy-efficient technologies, with improved greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions performance in the key areas of infrastructure, industry and agriculture. All projects will be implemented in the Russian Federation, generating savings and long-lasting benefits to the host country’s economy.
Dow will work with local companies and marketing partners of Sochi 2014 to mitigate the estimated carbon footprint associated by the Organizing Committee with the hosting of the Games.
“We aim to be the most innovative Olympic Winter Games in history, and our long-lasting positive impact will leave behind an unparalleled heritage not only to Sochi and the Krasnodar Region, but to Russia and its people for generations to come,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee. “With its vast experience, world-class leadership in the industry and a wide range of innovative solutions, Dow is the trustworthy partner to help us on our journey to deliver more sustainable and innovative Games.”
The energy-efficient projects planned for implementation in Russia will enable the Organizing Committee to mitigate its carbon footprint and will also bring benefits to the country’s economy in the long term by targeting upgrades in building infrastructure, optimization of farming practices and enhancements on industrial processes. “We are very excited with the opportunity to work with Sochi 2014, Dow customers, and Olympic Partners to contribute to the sustainability vision of the first Olympic Winter Games in Russia – a country where Dow will celebrate a 40 year presence in 2014,” said George Hamilton, vice president, Dow Olympic Operations. “As the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, our commitment is to enable higher-performing and more sustainable Games.”
“Since 1990, Dow products and technologies have helped our customers avoid over 1 billion tons of GHG emissions. During the same time period, we aggressively managed our own footprint by preventing more than 270 million metric tons from entering the atmosphere,” said Neil Hawkins, vice president, Global EHS & Sustainability at Dow. “We are proud to see our portfolio of solutions enabling impressive energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by our customers around the globe. Now we are looking forward to further leveraging our expertise and technologies to help Sochi 2014, and Russia, to achieve a more sustainable, lower emissions future.”
“One of our key goals with this project is to highlight the science behind our solutions to go beyond business as usual and accelerate the adoption of more efficient technologies across Russia,” said Peter de Groot, Dow Russia general manager. “Dow’s vast portfolio of innovative, technology-based solutions, combined with the highly-valuable contributions from our partners, will enable Sochi 2014 to deliver on its carbon commitments. Through industry-leading expertise and strategic partnerships, Dow will bring to the Olympic stage, once again, the power of Solutionism.”