To keep with the promise of going ‘green’ this year, the organizers of the Hangzhou Asian Games have decided not to feature fireworks performance during the opening ceremony.
“The opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games will break the tradition of having fireworks performance, as we are sticking to a green philosophy in hosting the event,” said Sha Xiaolan, the general director of the Hangzhou Asian Games opening ceremony.
As there will be no fireworks, therefore, a number of new technologies will be used to touch the audience with the theme of “people, beauty and emotions”. The general director further added, “The most important thing is that we want to spread our philosophy of environmental protection, and that’s why we finally made the decision.”
It has already been announced that the 19th Asian Games at Hangzou is focusing on eight special actions including green energy supply, green transport, resource recovery system and carbon offset to align with global pushes for sustainable sporting events.
The Hangzhou Asian Games village has also been opened to provide a comfortable home for all participating athletes and officials with a “Zero Waste” living philosophy. The Village will promote waste-free and recycling practices among residents through a combination of online and offline events.
Through the online channel, residents are able to use the “Asian Games Cloud Village” platform where they can upload photos on carbon reduction activities. They can also earn low-carbon points, which can be redeemed for various eco-friendly rewards, including headphones, speakers, backpacks and badges.