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Games Ecological Code unveiled

Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi committed towards ensuring zero carbon footprint

NEW DELHI 17 February 2010: The landmark ecological code for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, which aims to ensure reasonable consumption of electricity and water in all the stadiums, was unveiled today.

Releasing the ecological code along with Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Organising Committee, said, “this measure would go a long way to limit the carbon footprint in Delhi and would strive to make the XIX Commonwealth Games pollution free.”

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Chairman, Green Games Sub-committee OC, CWG Delhi 2010 also acknowledged the Organising Committee 2010 Delhi initiative to launch the drive towards green games concept, educating people and creating awareness for environmental protection.

Speaking at the milestone achievement, Mr. Kalmadi, said, “Releasing of the code is the first step towards ensuring that we are successful in our mission of conducting the first ever green games in the history of the Commonwealth Games.”

The Organising Committee is deeply and passionately committed towards preserving and restoring the environment and establishing a benchmark for low carbon sporting events and will be successful in showcasing Delhi 2010 as sustainable “Green Games”, added Mr. Kalmadi.

In his concluding remark, Mr. Kalmadi, gently reminded everyone on the importance of preserving our environment, he said, “ Paidh Hai to Sher Hai”.

Smt. Dikshit, Delhi Chief Minister stated that “all stadia are being constructed to ensure reasonable consumption of electricity and water in stadia during the games.” “There is also focus on bio-diverse plantation to offset the carbon footprint”, she added.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, reiterated that the XIX Commonwealth Games would be the “greenest Commonwealth Games ever.” He further went on to add that “the games would leave a legacy beyond roads and infrastructure; one of greater consciousness of the environment.”

Key initiatives include:

  • Launch of city forest plantations in Delhi

  • Plans being finalised for plantations across India linked to the Queens Baton Relay 2010 domestic leg

  • Thyagaraj Stadium – emerging as the model green sporting venue not just in the country but also one of its kind in the world

  • Commonwealth Garden to be established by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) at Africa Avenue

  • Multiple sensitisation and communications campaigns such as Cleaner Delhi campaign, Energy conservation Campaign, Water Day Celebrations, Sustainable Transport Promotion Campaign

  • Partnering with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

  • Green Games Environment Sub Committee