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Tokyo gov't aiming for zero CO2 emissions for 2020 Games' opening, closing ceremonies

This file photo shows the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building on June 19, 2017, from a Mainichi helicopter. (Mainichi)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will aim to have zero carbon dioxide emissions in the capital for the four days in total that the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held, it has been learned.

The Tokyo government introduced the "Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program" for cutting the amount of carbon dioxide emissions of large companies in the capital in 2010, allowing for emission quota transactions between business operators. It is under this system that the metropolitan government plans to have companies donate their emission quotas to offset the estimated amount so "virtually zero" emissions can be achieved during the ceremony period.

"We're making an appeal that we are taking a forward-thinking approach to environmental issues," said a representative from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Environment.

The opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo Olympic Games are set for July 24 and Aug. 9, respectively, while those for the Paralympic Games are planned for Aug. 25 and Sept. 6. The Tokyo government estimates that the carbon dioxide emissions in the capital for those four days will come to roughly 720,000 metric tons.

According to the metro government, the estimated amount of carbon dioxide emissions was 3.4 million tons for the 2012 London Games and approximately 4.5 million tons for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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