This summer's Olympics games in London generated 28% less carbon dioxide than was forecast as energy use at venues was cut, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) said on Wednesday (12 December).
British Prime Minister David Cameron recently affirmed that he would fight to keep his country in the EU in any future referendum, but his policies towards the ‘community acquis’ shows otherwise, writes Sir Julian Priestley.
The London Games should confirm the EU’s position as a major soft power (at least in its sportive dimension), despite the global financial turmoil and economic crisis on the Old Continent, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski.
With seven months to go before the London Olympics, the British government has admitted in court that it violated European Union air quality laws by missing deadlines to address high levels of urban pollution.
Global sports events like the Winter Olympics can and must contribute to mitigating environmental damage, writes Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, pointing to vast differences in environmental consciousness in the EU and Russia which the organisers hope Sochi will help change.
The city of Sochi's administration signed up to voluntary green standards last week following scathing criticism from the United Nations' environment agency of construction works underway for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia is pressuring local journalists to toe the Kremlin line on preparations to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, blocking coverage of environmental problems and evictions, a leading media rights group said.
Despite ambitious carbon offset targets, the organisers of the Vancouver Games are being forced to drive truckloads of snow down from higher mountains to the slopes due to relatively warm weather so that the 2010 Winter Olympics can kick off next Saturday (13 February).
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved a series of new sports, including women's boxing, for inclusion in the 2012 London Olympics and proposed that golf and rugby be added to the 2016 programme.
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in Berlin on 13-14 August 2009 to select two new sports to recommend for inclusion in the programme for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, the host of which will be announced in October.
A UN environmental assessment of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games found that China kept and in some cases even exceeded its sustainability promises. But it concluded that mantaining the green gains, particularly in terms of air quality, remains a challenge.
The European Union should send a special delegation to Tibet to examine conditions on the ground, the Dalai Lama's representative in Brussels has told EURACTIV in an interview. The call comes in the wake of the Dalai Lama's controversial claim that life in Tibet is "hell on earth".
The first-ever Olympics for young people aged 15-18 will take place in the summer of 2010 in Singapore. The first Winter Games will follow in 2012 in Innsbruck (Austria), it was announced today (12 December).
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday (24 August) expressed his congratulations to French and EU athletes on their "great success" at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the meantime, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogue labelled the Beijing Games "exceptional".
A determined Nicolas Sarkozy outshone his critics during the debate that followed his presentation of the French Presidency's priorities in the European Parliament on 10 July. In a skilled address, the French President accused those EU leaders who are reluctant to proceed with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty of "cowardice".
Confirmation that French President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics has outraged members of the European Parliament, who slammed France for placing its own commercial interests above human rights concerns in China.
With three months to go until the Beijing Olympics, athletes have asked world governments not to boycott the opening ceremony, arguing that there is no place for geopolitical conflicts at Games based on a spirit of respect, friendship and fair play.