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Rio 2016 – Maracana Stadium

The legendary Maracanã stadium stages the decisive matches of the football tournament and two of the Games’ most striking moments: the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was recently modernised for the 2014 World Cup.

The long list of upgrades to the iconic venue includes the installation of world-class rainwater harvesting system and an enormous bank of solar panels. In addition to the energy efficiency and water savings, the Maracanã stadium has further polished its green credentials by reducing CO2 emissions, responsible for greenhouse gases, improving the local environment and optimizing use of construction materials.

The stadium’s sustainable performance saw it obtain a Leadership in fifa_stadiumEnergy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate seal from the US Green Building Council Brazil (USGBC). The LEED certificate seal is considered one of the foremost global sustainability ratings for buildings.To achieve the LEED certification, the Maracanã stadium was assessed in seven areas: sustainable space, water, energy and atmospheric efficiency, materials and resources, internal environmental quality, innovation and processes and regional priority credits.

An instantly recognisable feature of the upgrade is the approximately 2,500m² of photovoltaic panels installed around the stadium’s distinctive roof that can produce enough energy to power 240 homes and helps reduce the stadium’s power consumption.

A less conspicuous feature of the stadium is its impressive array of 18 massive rainwater harvesting tanks. The rainwater tanks are fed from the roof, which have been engineered to collect large amounts of rainwater for use in the stadium’s water systems, reducing its reliance on externally supplied water by 40%. The modular rainwater tanks supply water to irrigate the pitch, as well as for use in the 292 toilets and restrooms. The restroom facilities are also equipped with ecological flushing systems and intelligent faucets.

Sustainability seems to go hand in hand with the Olympic movement nowadays with each host striving to make THEIR games the greenest ever.



The Olympic Torch Relay #Rio2016

olympic torch exchange
olympic torch exchange

The Olympic Torch has finally arrived in Brazil and has started its relay route which will end in Rio de Janeiro on 5th August when the Games commence.

Some 12,000 relay runners – each covering a distance of around 200 metres – will carry the Rio 2016 torch across Brazil. An Olympic symbol that has represented peace, unity, friendship and much more besides for the last 80 years, the torch boasts a very special design for this year’s relay.

Weighing 1-1.5kg and standing 69cm high when fully extended, the Rio 2016 torch is fashioned from recycled aluminium and resin, and boasts a satin finish.

When lit, the torch opens out to reveal five coloured segments, each of which represent a distinctive feature of a country that is diverse, vibrant and teeming with nature, and which occupies an area of 8,514,876 square kilometres – virtually half of South America – from the equator to the Tropic of Capricorn and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Amazonian rainforest.

Golden in hue, the upper section of the torch represents the sun that shines the whole year round on a country that has no winter, only a rainy season. The Rio 2016 logo and the five Olympic rings sit proudly over the coloured sections. Picked out in a striking green, the first section depicts the lush vegetation of the mountains that surround Rio.

The next two segments are blue in colour and form waves as they open, mirroring the sea that forms such an integral part of the Rio landscape.

The final segments represent the ground, and in particular the mosaic promenade that runs for several kilometres alongside the world-famous Copacabana beach and whose beguiling dark and light patterns prove an irresistible draw for visitors to the city.

The Rio 2016 torch also expresses the Olympic spirit, both through its triangular shape, which reflects its three values (excellence, friendship and respect), and its extending sections, which are inspired by the movements made by athletes.

As well as transmitting an infectious energy whenever two torches “kiss”, it evokes nature at its most vibrant by revealing the shapes that Rio’s natural surroundings take and the colours of Brazil, while also encapsulating harmony in diversity, with its various components coming together as one.

Nearly 90 percent of Brazil’s inhabitants will have the chance to admire and celebrate the torch on its epic journey through 329 cities, towns and villages across the country, with its final destination being the Olympic Stadium in Rio, where the Opening Ceremony is set to take place on 5 August.