Jul 20, 2021

Ghost games go green

Olympics
Tokyo
Sustainability
Renewables
John Pinching
2 min
2021 – the odd Olympics has arrived
The Tokyo Olympics are at the start line of sustainability, but the race for a better world has only just begun

Days before the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and already there is far-reaching controversy, as athletes, television spectators and the media contemplate a global event which is odd in name and odd in nature. Many want it cancelled but, at the time of writing, it is destined to proceed. For many sportspeople, who have already lost a year, it is now or never.

Let's face it, Usain Bolt performing his iconic lightning bolt gesture and Mo Farah just about able to summon a ‘Mo-bot’ on the finish line, seem like affectations from a bygone age. After all, those golden moments unfolded in front of thousands of delirious spectators. During Tokyo 2020 – or Tokyo 2021 as it is now known – the stadiums, velodromes, arenas and swimming pools will fall silent. Another victim of the COVID-19 era.

Mercifully, however, the Games were already set to be the most sustainable in modern history. It is perhaps ironic that the very absence of human beings already reduces carbon emissions, single use plastics and waste by an almost incalculable amount. This, to an extent, is offset by human hardship, unemployment, exclusion and economic factors.

"Be better, together – For the planet and the people" remains the hopelessly optimistic strapline for a decimated Games. Nevertheless, Tokyo 2021 organisers, in spite of calls for the closed sign to be turned on the entire spectacle, are determined for the city to meet its responsibilities and ‘showcase solution models of global sustainability challenges to people in Japan and around the world’. 

It is this promise which makes most sense. While the watching world will be able to witness athletes reach mesmerising performance levels in their chosen disciplines, they will also observe high-tech digital and technical sustainability innovations which will serve as an inspiration for international businesses, organisations and governments.

Indeed, throughout Tokyo 2021 there will be drives to uphold sustainability goals including the pioneering use of sourcing codes, the utilsation of existing venues rather than bespoke builds, an athlete’s village made from ‘Timber of the Nation’, power supplies generated from renewable energy and the overarching use of recycled materials and water throughout competitions. There will also be a continuous emphasis on the UN’s sacred principles in terms of human rights.

This commitment to sustainability and humanity extends to the Olympic and Paralympic Games movements of the future, as Japan recognises an opportunity to use the sporting stage as a force for positive environmental action. Let the games begin.

 

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May 17, 2020

Curiosity Lab announces strategic partnership with Smart City Expo Atlanta

Curiosity Lab
Smart City Expo
Atlanta
US
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Curiosity Lab to launch 5G autonomous lab
Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced its partnership with Smart City Expo Atlanta (SCATL).

SCATL, which is the only US edition of the Smart...

Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced its partnership with Smart City Expo Atlanta (SCATL).

SCATL, which is the only US edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, has partnered with the lab to promote Atlanta’s autonomous mobility ecosystem.

“Startups and mature companies around the world are interested in using the Lab’s test track to better understand how their technology operates in a suburban community with people working and living around them,” stated Brian Johnson, City Manager for Peachtree Corners.

“Our partnership with Smart City Expo Atlanta offers companies the opportunity to demonstrate their technology firsthand and jumpstart the Expo.”

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“It will also provide citizens and conference attendees a glimpse of what the future test site will look like.”

Curiosity Lab also revealed the grand opening of its 5G enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory.

“As the Southeast’s largest and most advanced technology hub, Atlanta is a natural location for the development of IoT, mobility, and smart city technology,” remarked Aarti Tandon, Co-Founder and CEO of Smart City Expo Atlanta.

“Our partnership with Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is a transformative way to exhibit real-world IoT technology in action, and will help conference attendees visualize the future of their communities. We are thrilled to be working together on this cutting-edge demonstration.”

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