Greening the 2010 Commonwealth Games

September 30, 2010

Starting in October and running for two weeks, the 2010 Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi. Several million people are expected to attend the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in India, with even more observing through other media sources. Organizers of the games are committed to hosting a sustainable event, which included taking the environment into consideration when constructing and renovating venues.

Building the environmentally sound Thyagaraj Stadium is one of the many reasons that the Delhi games has been recognized as the first-ever “Green Commonwealth Games.”


Go Green - Low Carbon Campaign for Commonwealth Games 2010
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India currently emits around 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 per year—a figure expected to increase by an average 2.1 percent per year through 2030 (Boden, Marland, and Andres 2009; EIA 2009). With a population growing to new heights—over 1.4 billion people to date— encouraging public adoption of affordable, lower-emission technologies and practices has proven difficult.

To help reduce India’s potential emissions, the GEF leveraged funding for the campaign to help encourage citizens, athletes, and visitors to adopt environmentally sound technologies and practices. This low-carbon campaign, developed by the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee, the Government of NCT Delhi, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, and the Government of India, will be launched at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

One of the projects supported by the campaign is a planting program, in which residents will receive support to plant in their communities. Overall, the campaign aims to promote low-carbon practices to the residents, athletes, visitors, and media who will attend the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Using the venue as a way to reach a large audience, organizers expect that 10 planting programs will be replicated across India and that five cities will
implement low-carbon activities and programs.

It is also anticipated that Commonwealth Game participants, Delhi residents, and visitors will begin to take steps to reduce their personal carbon footprints as a direct result of this outreach.

Project Facts
Implementing Agency: UNDP
GEF Funding: US$950,000
Leveraged Funding: US$2,110,000
Emissions Avoided (estimated): 15,000 kt CO2 (planting project)
Potential Benefits: Increases the use of low-carbon practices through citizen education and empowerment.