Carbon-Neutral Asian Games in Hangzhou Pushes Environmental Campaign

The 19th Asian Games is in full swing in Hangzhou, in China’s Zhejiang province, and while athletes are striving for Asian and world records at the event, outside the venues, another record is being pursued through an ambitious environmental campaign.

The campaign, titled “1kg from everyone to help make the Asian Games carbon neutral,” has been joined by over 100 million people, thus obtaining a Guinness World Records certificate for having the most participants in an environmental campaign in a one-year period.

In April 2022, the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) announced it would hold the first-ever carbon-neutral Asian Games.

Working with relevant departments, it launched the “1kg from everyone to help make the Asian Games carbon neutral” campaign on Ant Forest, the official green public welfare platform of the Games, with an aim to encourage low-carbon lifestyles.

According to the initiative, people can gain “green energy” to contribute to the Games’ carbon neutrality through green activities like low-carbon traveling, reducing paper and plastic use, promoting energy efficiency, and recycling.

For every kilogram of “green energy” contributed to the Games, the Ant Group, the operator of the Ant Forest, will purchase an equal amount of “carbon credits” from the carbon market and donate them to the HAGOC, thus helping neutralise the carbon emissions generated by the Hangzhou Asian Games.

According to a report from the People’s Daily, this environmental campaign, for a green Asian Games, has been integrated throughout the Hangzhou Asian Games since the first day of its preparations.

As a result, the Games has achieved a full green electricity supply at all venues for the first time in Asian Games history, used methanol fuel for the primary cauldron tower at the opening ceremony for the first time, and also transformed abandoned mines into the Shaoxing Keqiao Yangshan Sport Climbing Center for the Asian Games.