Dow Solutions Are Helping Brazil Deliver a Successful Olympic Games and a Sustainable Legacy

The Opening Ceremony of the first Olympic Games in South America is August 5. Dow, the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016, is helping
Rio de Janeiro deliver an unforgettable event.

Dow is providing technologies in multiple Olympic venues and enhancements to city infrastructure, and implementing a unique carbon mitigation program across the region that will enable Rio to deliver climate benefits well beyond the Games.

“The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will further demonstrate how science and technology can enable the world of sport,” said Louis A. Vega, global vice president of Olympic & Sports Solutions and chief of staff of the Office of the CEO at Dow. “Dow is proud to power the Olympic Movement by bringing our technologies, expertise and knowledge in sustainability to the Games. Dow is an unmatched industry leader, providing tailor-made solutions for the most challenging needs of the world of sport.”

Technologies on and off the field
Dow is involved in nearly 20 projects connected to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, spanning from field-of-play technologies to venue construction, transportation and extended infrastructure, including:

  • Deodoro Park: The hockey competition will be played on a high-performance, innovative synthetic turf system that uses DOWLEX™ linear low density polyethylene resins in the yarn component, as well as Dow Polyurethanes technologies.
  • Maracanã Stadium: Dow plastics are used in the draining and irrigation system pipes under the natural grass pitch of Maracanã stadium, the venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and soccer games.
  • Athletes’ Village in Barra: Coating materials and construction chemicals such as WALOCEL™ were used in the finishing of the buildings that will host competitors from more than 200 countries. Additionally, 28 modular water tanks that will serve the Village were manufactured with resins from Dow Propylene Glycol and will provide a reliable water supply system for athletes, coaches, officials and referees participating in the Games.
  • Olympic Tennis Centre, Olympic Aquatics Stadium and the Main Press Centre/International Broadcast Centre (MPC/IBC) complex: Dow Wire and Cable technologies provide protection and durability to the energy and data cables at these venues.

Collaborating for a more sustainable future
The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee is leading a comprehensive sustainability program called “Abraça” (to embrace). As the Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016 and a key contributor to “Abraça,” Dow is working to mitigate 500,000 tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2eq) from organizing and hosting the Games through third partyverified emissions reductions and also aiming to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2eq in climate benefits to address other Games-related emissions. Through its innovative carbon mitigation program, Dow has implemented five strategic projects in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure and industry in Latin America.

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