Dow Chemical Becomes Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016

September 22, 2014

Organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics have today named The Dow Chemical Company as the Official Carbon Partner of the next Olympic Games.

Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow becomes the first partner of Rio 2016’s “Abraça (‘Embrace’) Sustainability”, the program developed by the Organizing Committee to promote and stage the Games with low environmental impact and a positive social legacy.

As the Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016, Dow will mitigate 500,000 tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2eq) from organizing and hosting the Games through 3rd party-verified emissions reductions. Dow and Rio 2016 will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2eq in climate benefits by 2026, addressing other Games-related emissions.

“More than being the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, Dow is a global leader in low-carbon technology solutions, which makes Dow a natural fit as our partner in the ‘Abraça Sustainability’ platform,” says Renato Ciuchini, chief commercial officer, Rio 2016. “The guiding principle for ‘Abraça’ is to maximize sustainability within the Games. Our actions should be good for the environment, good for people and good for business. The partnership with Dow is fully aligned with our goals and expectations, as it opens doors for different businesses and industries to lower their carbon footprints and ultimately contribute to one of Rio 2016’s key sustainability goals, which is the mitigation of its own emissions.”

Building on the expertise and success of the “Sustainable Future” program implemented at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Dow designed a tailor-made program to address the technology needs for Brazil while generating climate benefits for the mitigation of the carbon footprint of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“We are honored and proud to join Rio 2016 as the first partner of the ‘Abraça Sustainability’ platform,” said George Hamilton, vice president, Dow Olympic Operations. “This is an additional proof of our commitment, as the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Movement, to help deliver higher-performing and more sustainable Games.”

“For Dow Brazil, the legacy that we deliver through our partnership with Rio 2016 represents the perfect way to commemorate our 60-year anniversary in the country – to be celebrated with the first-ever Olympic Games in Brazil, in 2016,” added Pedro Suarez, president of Dow in Latin America.

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