“Atos Origin wins Sustainability Star for Carbon Reduction at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games”
Paris/Vancouver, December 15th, 2009
Technology solutions contributing to more sustainable Olympic Games Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games and the holder of the largest sports-related IT contract in the world, has been recognized for its Games-related sustainability technology innovations and commitment to creating greener Games. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) awarded Atos Origin a “Sustainability Star” for helping it achieve its sustainability goals.
As part of its partnership and collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, Atos Origin is continually looking at ways to minimize the environmental impact of the Olympic Games. With such a high-profile project, the goal is to measure the direct, indirect and associated levels of carbon generation and seek to deliver tangible improvements.
Atos Origin developed technology solutions and undertook specific measures that helped VANOC reduce the 2010 Winter Games' carbon footprint in terms of energy savings, CO2 emissions reduction and enhanced access of information via online portals.
- deploying an environmentally-friendly infrastructure through the use of virtualization. The design of a more efficient IT infrastructure helps to reduce electricity consumption by 30% in several instances;
- the first-ever online volunteer platform developed and operated by Atos Origin for the 2010 Winter Games processed over 50,000 applications from people in 100 countries, thus mainly reducing paper consumption and the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
- the online Accreditation System, deployed for the first time in Vancouver, significantly contributes to reduce the amount of paper used during the 2010 Winter Games. Previously, applications for accreditation were printed and sent around the world.
Atos Origin also won praise for its remote Commentator Information System that gives media direct access to instantaneous competition results and its remote INFO System that allows media to access the Olympic Family intranet, including event information, schedules, athlete biographies, results and weather forecasts.
“The Sustainability Star program has been created to recognize our partners who have demonstrated excellence in rising to the challenge of creating projects with positive and measurable social, economic and environmental benefits that are new to the Games or Host Region,” said Ann Duffy, VANOC's corporate sustainability officer. “The commitment by our partners, like Atos Origin, has been collaborative and innovative and this in turn has helped to significantly enhance the overall sustainability performance of the 2010 Games and provide markets world-wide with enhanced technology information solutions.”
“We are honoured to receive the VANOC Sustainability Star in recognition for contributing to a greener Olympic Games,” said Atos Origin's Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President, Olympic Games and Major Events at Atos Origin. “Technology has a key role to play in helping all organisations save energy, minimise use of natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are a great example of some of the possibilities.”
Atos Origin holds the largest sports-related IT contract in the world. The contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began with Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. The contract was renewed in 2009 for Sochi in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Atos Origin designs, integrates, manages and secures the multiple IT systems needed to manage the Olympic Games and the IT systems that communicate results to the world.
As a global and responsible company, Atos Origin is committed to implement sustainable best practices in environmental, social and ethical areas throughout its organization and in its business, and contributes to promoting and developing sustainable behaviour by positively influencing its stakeholders to take into consideration sustainability in their decision making. Atos Origin helps its clients advance their future, reduce their carbon footprint and ensure future corporate viability through the delivery of innovative and greener solutions.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs 50,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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