WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN CHINA THE GREENEST SO FAR

14. Jan 2022

Electricity from renewable sources, new energy efficiency technologies and transportation powered by  batteries, hydrogen and natural gas, are just some of China's efforts to make the Winter Olympics, hosted from February 4 to 20, as carbon-neutral as possible.

Although two thirds of the Chinese economy is supplied with energy from coal-fired thermal power plants, China has promised and has done everything to use only energy obtained from wind, water and sun for the needs of the Winter Olympic Games.

THE MASCOT FOR THE 2022 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES BING DWEN DWEN

The city of Zhangjiakou, one of three competition zones, has installed wind farms that can produce 14 million kilowatts of electricity, which is roughly the amount produced in Singapore. An additional seven million kilowatts will be obtained from the solar panels that cover the mountain hills.

In an attempt to clear Beijing of smog as much as possible before the start of the Olympic Games, measures were taken in time to switch 25 million households in the north of China, which use coal for heating, to gas or electricity. Tens of thousands of factories were fined for exceeding the emission of harmful gases, while the steel plants were ordered to cut production in half.

All these efforts are in line with China's general environmental ambition to be completely free of harmful emissions by 2050.

THE NATIONAL SPEED SKATING OVAL

At the same time, the Olympic Games will be a global stage for the presentation of new technologies of energy efficiency, alternative transport and cooling. One such example is the National Speed Skating Oval, which was built for the needs of these Olympic Games and which respects all green standards. The ice in this hall is produced using modern technology that has zero carbon emissions, while the waste heat in cooling can be further recycled, raising energy efficiency by 30 to 40 percent.

ARTIFICIAL SNOW WILL NOT CONTAIN CHEMICAL ADDITIVES

Artificial snow will be used on the ski slopes. China estimates that 49 million gallons of water will be needed to produce snow for all skiing and snowboarding competitions. The water will be used from the Zhangjiakou Reservoir, the artificial snow will not contain chemical additives, and when it melts, the earth will absorb water.

All the transport infrastructure that is being built for the transport of athletes and spectators is characterized as green and will be part of the permanent heritage of the games. Athletes and officials will be transported by buses powered by electricity, hydrogen and natural gas during the games.

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The high-speed super-rail, with smart trains running at 350 kilometers per hour and only 47 minutes to cover 170 kilometers between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, was inaugurated in 2019. Smart trains are equipped with special storage facilities for skis equipment and allow passengers wireless charging as well as smart light adjustment. Recently, a state-of-the-art streaming studio was opened on this railway line for live broadcast of Olympic events with ultra-high resolution, which uses 5G technology. This is the first application of 5G technology on high-speed trains in China and the world in general.

SUPERFAST RAILWAY WITH SMART TRAINS AND 5G TECHNOLOGY (NEWS.CGTN.COM)

The Winter Olympics start on February 4 and will last until February 20, while the start of the Paralympic Games is scheduled for March 4.

This will be the first Olympic Games in China, and Beijing will thus become the first city to host both the Summer (2008) and Winter Olympics.

Text: Petar Dobrosavljević

Photos: olympics.com

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