Use of Low-Pollution and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, Such as Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Led to an Average CO2 Emission Intensity of 50 Gram-CO2 Per Mile.

A Post-Games Summary of Estimated Fuel Consumption by Fleet Vehicles Used During the Tokyo Olympic Games Reveals Reduced CO2 Emissions.

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Sustainability Post-Games Report

Summary Information

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made sustainability and carbon emission reduction important metrics in determining the success of an Olympic and Paralympic Games. To achieve its goals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (July 23 - August 8, 2021) and Paralympic Games (August 24 - September 5, 2021), the IOC partnered with vehicle manufacturers to use low-pollution and fuel-efficient cars as much as possible in transporting athletes and Olympic staff around the site. 

The vehicles’ fuel types included:

  • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) 
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) 
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) 

Some vehicle types included: 

  • Passenger cars
  • Accessible people movers (APM) 
  • Internal shuttle buses
  • Standing-riding devices for walking areas


There were 2,654 passenger vehicles used in total during the Olympic/ Paralympic Games, and 95 percent of them were low-pollution and fuel-efficient. The total fuel consumption and total distance traveled were logged for each vehicle used during the games, and the average CO2 emission intensity in terms of grams of CO2 per mile was computed by dividing the total fuel consumed by each type of vehicle for the entire fleet by the distance traveled. 


The results showed that the average CO2 intensity for Games fleet vehicles was 80g-CO2/km (50 gram-CO2 per mile), which was reported as the best in the history of the Olympic/Paralympic Games. 

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