Pyeongchang 2018 have announced they have published, what they claim is, South Korea’s first sustainability report ahead of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, aimed at providing a legacy to enable the country to host more major sporting events in the future.
The report, entitled "Pyeongchang 2018: Opening New Horizons for Sustainability - Furthering Benefits to Human and Nature" encompasses five key themes the Organising Committee believe can enable them to produce a sustainable Games to benefit the country.
It is hoped that bringing the Winter Olympics and Paralympics to South Korea, the only Asian country to stage the event other than Japan, will establish Pyeongchang as a global sports hub which can promote the values of Olympism and winter sport across the continent.
Pyeongchang 2018 aim to make the Games as environmentally friendly as possible, while also protecting what they call the "stewardship of nature" by minimising damage to local ecosystems to preserve the local area.
They also hope the Games, due to take place in just two-and-a-half years’ time, can help improve the quality of life for residents in regions that stage world-class multi-sport events.
The report contains a clear emphasis on benefiting the local community as Pyeongchang 2018 aim to "strengthen civil society and social capital through revitalisation of local communities and promotion of cultural diversity and inclusion".
"I believe that establishing a strategy for sustainable management and publishing the sustainability report will enable us to set up a well-balanced economic, social and environmental framework, and ensure the transparency of business operations," Pyeongchang 2018 President Cho Yang-ho said.
"Ultimately, it will amplify the image of the world-class Organising Committee both domestically and internationally."
The announcement comes after International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach hailed the "great progress" being made by Pyeongchang 2018 during a two-day visit to South Korea.
Despite concerns over costs, sponsorship and readiness of venues, Bach insisted preparations were "back on track", adding that it had been a "real pleasure" in witnessing the progress first hand.
The full sustainability report, which explores each theme in more detail, is due to be released on the Pyeongchang 2018 website later this month.
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