Delivering a sustainable Games


Posted on: Mar 15, 2018 by Sophie Chambon

As worldwide IT Partner of the Olympic Games, sustainability is a key factor in the design and delivery of the technology services we provide. We pay close attention to our environmental impact, the well-being of people including the communities we interact with, security compliance and ethics and the local economy in which we engage.

We must deliver solutions that meet the challenge of sustainability by focussing on:

  • Our environmental impact: Improve the efficiency of operations by shrinking energy use and carbon production. We strive also to apply circular economy principles as a way of thinking and operating.
  • Our role as a responsible company: Attract talented people and develop their skills, promoting collaborative working, digital inclusion and well-being at work whilst conducting business in an ethical, secure and responsible way.
  • Our solutions: Ensure the design and implementation of solutions that support clients to enhance their own sustainable performance.

Here is how we are tackling each of these:

Our environmental impact:

  • Moving to the cloud has enabled remote testing and hosting and has:
    • Reduced the investment in physical infrastructure: servers, computing resources and physical space
    • Optimized usage of the infrastructure by balancing Winter And Summer Olympic Games consumption of resources
    • Allowed Atos to use existing facilities and equipment to deliver the Games. Using our zero carbon data centers to host, secure and manage data
    • Reduced travel for Atos employees, IOC and stakeholders by enabling remote management of Games systems, including testing
  • Promoting the circular economy with a Cloud platform “build once, use continuously”.

Our role as a responsible company:

  • We recruit and train local people in every host city, leaving a legacy of highly trained individuals, reinforcing local digital competencies which are increasingly required by the labour market.
  • We contribute to securing the Games relying on the latest innovative technologies.
  • We contribute to the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development, notably in the field of decent work and economic growth #8, responsible production and consumption #12, climate change #13 and peace justice and strong institution #16.

Our solutions:

  • We bring the Games in real-time to any digital device all over the world, contributing to large social inclusion of around 3 billion viewers.
  • We allow remote access to accurate and reliable Games results information, allowing 12,000 media and broadcasters to report on and follow the Games in real-time.
  • We process and transmit results to 8 billion different devices worldwide in 0.3 seconds, breaking the spatial and time boundaries.

One of the main aims for Tokyo in 2020 is to develop digital accessibility for all. We will also aim to reinforce our collaboration with local start-ups and identify new levers to reduce the environmental impact of IT (eg. software eco-design, energy aware computing, cooling system of data centers, smart networks, etc.) while maximising social and economic growth (eg. reinforce trust with blockchain etc.). Circular Economy principles will certainly play a major role in this respect. These initiatives are aligned with the IOC sustainable strategy and should contribute to enhancing the Olympic values.

See you in Tokyo.

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About Sophie Chambon

Head of Global Sustainability and member of the Scientific Community
Sophie Chambon-Diallo is Global Head of Sustainability and Special Advisor for Africa within Atos. In charge of promoting the digital portfolio of sustainability offerings, she is also responsible for building an ecosystem with innovative partners and leading academics. Sophie reports to the Atos General Secretary. Before joining Atos Corporate Responsibility Program, she was Senior Manager Consultant in Customer Relationship Management. She was previously Director of Marketing Operations in an international telemarketing company. Sophie holds a Postgraduate degrees after the Master in Economic Sciences from Panthéon Sorbonne (DEA ès Sciences Economiques).

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