Environmental commitments for the Olympics in Sochi 2014

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The Russian city of Sochi, on the Black Sea, will host the Winter Olympics of 2014. Located in a preserved area, the city wants to reassure the world about the impact of the sporting event on the environment.

Sochi and the United Nations Program for Environment (UNEP) signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure the ecological aspect of the game, near the nature reserves of the Caucasus.

"I am sure that the agreement signed on June 5 will ensure that the preparations for Sochi 2014 Games will allow great progress for environmental protection of the city of Sochi and the Krasnodar region," said Theodore Oben, head of the Section Liaison, UNEP.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, for his part said that "the signing of this important protocol will ensure that Sochi 2014 is able to introduce green standards at all levels of preparation for olympics, and ensure that the organizing committee continues to work with environmental experts. "

The organizers have planned to invest 1.75 billion dollars for energy conservation, renewable energy development and for the compensation of greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation and electricity.

The city has pledged not to build a bobsleigh run and luge on the slopes of the natural reserve of the Caucasus. The agreement also provides for the planting of trees, in the framework of the "Billion Trees" of UNEP. Projects of environmental education will also be implemented.

UNEP has signed similar agreements with the organizers of Beijing 2008 and Vancouver with those of 2010.

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