In a move towards the awareness of the environmental issues in Japan, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch to be powered by hydrogen for the first time in the history of the Olympic events. The Tokyo organizing committee on Monday revealed that as a part of Tokyo 2020’s effort to hold environmentally friendly Olympic Games, Hydrogen will be used for the first time to ignite the Olympic torch.
Traditional Olympic torch used to offset carbon emissions and therefore to overcome it, organizers decided to replace it by hydrogen. The Tokyo Organizing committee said certain stages of the torch relay will use hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide when it is burned, and it will also fuel the ceremonial Olympic Cauldron featuring in the Games Opening and Closing ceremonies. (Breaking: Neeraj Chopra Qualifies For 2020 Tokyo Olympics)
The Olympic torch during its journey through the prefecture of Fukushima and Aichi will contain Hydrogen gas as well as it will be used in the rest of the relay stages.
The organizers said in a statement “During its preparations for the Games, Tokyo 2020 has consistently promoted energy conservation and the use of renewable energy with the aim of supporting the realization of a carbon-neutral society.”
Tokyo organizers are aiming to conduct the Olympic event, environment-friendly, where during the entire event, 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles will be deployed.
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Steps and measures are taken as an initiative to cut the environmental impact, wherein the athlete’s village beds are made up of recyclable cardboard. Also, Olympic medals are made up of recycled consumer electronics.
The Olympic 2020 Torch relay commences in Fukushima on March 26, 2020, and will visit all of the 47 Japan prefectures ahead of the grand 24th July opening ceremony.