The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) yesterday announced that for the first time in the history of the Games, hydrogen will be used to power both the Olympic and Paralympic Cauldrons in Tokyo and the Torch during part of its journey through Japan.
During its preparations for the Games, Tokyo 2020 has consistently promoted energy conservation and the use of renewable energy with the aim of supporting the realization of a carbon-neutral society, embracing sustainability as one of its core principles. As part of this initiative, Tokyo 2020 has been investigating the use of hydrogen energy; hydrogen emits no CO2 when it is burned and is therefore expected to be a key weapon in the battle to achieve a low-carbon economy.
Tokyo 2020 has already deployed about 500 hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles and will take its use of hydrogen one symbolic step further by this use of it as fuel for the Cauldron and the Torch. It will include hydrogen produced in a renewable energy sourced production facility in Namie-cho, Fukushima Prefecture, embodying it with further significance as a new energy for a future full of hope.
These initiatives symbolise the overall effort being made to promote and practice sustainability in the preparations for and operation of the Tokyo 2020 Games. They will also help to convey to the world the progress towards recovery being made by the disaster-hit areas in the Tohoku region.