Brisbane 2032 is committed to delivering a climate positive and sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, creating lasting benefits to the climate and community and accelerating the transition to net zero emissions.
Having successfully secured hosting rights on 21 July 2021, Brisbane 2032 is now in the process of developing a carbon budget and refining sustainability strategies to achieve a climate positive Games in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Through climate positive and sustainability initiatives, Brisbane 2032 will maximise social, economic and environmental legacies for host communities and globally.
A climate positive Brisbane 2032 provides an opportunity to showcase Queensland's climate credentials and will help create lasting behaviour change to achieve:
- greenhouse gas reductions greater than the Games residual emissions
- additional climate benefits for host communities.
Brisbane 2032 climate positive legacies will align with, and accelerate progress toward Queensland's emissions reduction and renewable energy targets:
- net zero emissions economy by 2050, with an interim target to reduce emissions by 30% on 2005 levels by 2030
- 50% renewable energy by 2030
- 70% renewable energy by 2032
- 80% renewable energy by 2035.
Brisbane 2032 is committed to a best practice approach, aligning with recognised standards and reporting frameworks and applying lessons from previous Games and other major sporting events.
To achieve climate positivity, carbon management strategies will be guided by four key decision-making principles:
- minimising the Games’ footprint as much as possible before compensating more than 100% of residual emissions
- continuously improving emissions forecasting and measurement to support evidence-based decision making
- ensuring consistency and transparency across the event lifecycle to promote accountability and comparability
- influencing to create change and deliver verifiable climate positive outcomes for Queensland and Australia, including by promoting shared responsibility.
Brisbane 2032 will embed this approach through systems and governance to ensure carbon reductions and climate positive legacies are considered at all key decision points throughout the event.
To support decision making, Brisbane 2032, in collaboration with the IOC, will develop a carbon budget for the Brisbane 2032 Games. The Brisbane 2032 carbon budget will strive to align the Olympic Games with what science says is required to limit global warming to well below 2.0°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels.