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    The report “Potential Circular Economy strategies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics” was conducted as part of a research initiative at the Harvard University Extension School faculty aide research program. The report provides an overview of the key areas where the Tokyo 2020 Olympics can promote sustainability.

    The recommendations are primarily based on a Circular Economy framework, which maximises resource circulation and minimises waste. As Japan plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it is likely seeking to deliver an environmentally sustainable Olympics experience, while optimising for costs. From a sustainability perspective, the authors suggest that Tokyo 2020 consider the following areas:

    Construction and Design of facilities and related structures:

    • Apply modular design and construction methods
    • Apply lean design principles
    • Promote material reuse
    • Build to Last

    Event transportation during the Olympics:

    • Further improve subway and train systems
    • Further enhance bus system
    • Enable and promote cycling
    • Promote walking

    Energy, food, and waste management:

    • Increase use of clean energy
    • Promote sustainable food supplies
    • Reduce energy use
    • Reduce waste production o Increase recycling rates
    • Set sustainability targets and monitor progress

    The resulting benefits are: a more sustainable environment, long-term cost savings, and more content citizenry.

    More information:

    This project was conducted as part of a research initiative at the Harvard University Extension School faculty aide research program.

    Heads of Project Professor Mark Esposito, Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education & Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Professor Terence Tse, ESCP Europe Business School, London, UK, & Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Jonathan Xu, Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education

    Head of Project (World Economic Forum) James Pennington

    Access the report HERE

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