Sustainable and environmentally responsible projects implemented within the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games received honors as part of the Sochi 2014 Sustainability Award "Gateway to the future!" and Green Building Recognition Program. Organizers of the awards reviewed initiatives of key participants in the sphere of sustainable development and application of green solutions and technologies. All projects submitted for the assessment by the professional jury contribute to the sustainable development and modernization of the region and long lasting positive legacy creation.
In total 17 projects were awarded at the solemn ceremony within the Sustainability Award "Gateway to the Future!" and the third stage of the Green Building Recognition program.
The "Gateway to the future!" award featured 22 participating organizations representing 47 competition applications in 10 nominations. Participants included 16 marketing partner companies, administrations of Sochi and the Krasnodar Region, SC "Olympstroy" and a number of regional companies.
Award applicants featured a wide range of projects. For instance, "Rostelecom" created a telecommunications structure in the Games region, "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines" has improved security system, and "Russian Railways" has made an enormous contribution to the creation and development of a modern transport network in the region. McDonald's and Coca-Cola have implemented projects aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and youth development. "MegaFon" paid special attention to the development of a barrier-free environment and support for Paralympic sports. Partners "Sberbank" and Visa created a modern bank payment system in the region and “Rosneft” introduced a modern and reliable system of oil products provision for the Krasnodar region. GE has made a significant contribution to the electricity supply of the Olympic Winter Games host city and Sochi city and Krasnodar Region administrations have contributed to the legacy of the Games by implementing a number of significant projects.
The competition among investors and Olympic venues’ operating companies featured 16 participating organizations with applications in 7 nominations, and was conducted within the third stage of the Green Building Recognition Program.
Winners of the third stage of the Green Building Recognition Program presented examples of implementation of green technologies in the venues’ and facilities’ management. These include Adler Thermal Power Plant, the building of the Russian International Olympic University, Olympic venues, as well as unique environmental entities - the Ornithological Park in Imeretinskaya Valley and the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi National Park.
The award in the field of green construction is not only an international confirmation of the professional qualifications of competitors, but also a high assessment of their contribution to the formation of the green legacy of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Winners of the Sochi 2014 "Gateway to the Future!" Award in 2013
Best Complex Project
Construction of a unified information and telecommunications infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi
"Rostelecom" is building a large-scale telecommunications infrastructure for the Games and providing broadcasting of competitions. The region has been provided with advanced telecommunications services as a result of this project.
Best Project of the Year for Youth Engagement
McDonald's: Child Champions!
The program is aimed at popularization of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among school pupils.
Best Innovative Project of the Year
"Rosneft": Construction of multifunctional filling station complexes in Sochi
The company created a reliable and modern system in Sochi to provide oil products.
Best Healthy Living Project
Coca-Cola: "Be Active!" Charitable Program
The charity program aims to increase physical activity among schoolchildren, and encourages a balanced diet and attitude towards a positive lifestyle.
Best Harmony with Nature Project
SC "Olympstroy": Complex control system of designing Olympic venues based on an environmental management system
Olympstroy conducts extensive work in implementing the principles of sustainable design of Olympic venues on the basis of an environmental management system.
Best Barrier-Free World Project
"MegaFon": "Barrier Free" project
The company provides sports activities support for people with disabilities, as well as implements programs to develop their own products and services that improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
Best Economic Prosperity Project
GE and "InterRAO" Group: "Dzhubga" power plant
GE supplies gas turbines to the "Dzhubga" power plant for power supply during the Games.
Best Modern Technology Project
"Aeroflot – Russian Airlines":
Dog handling for airline security
The company focuses on the development of aviation security. A feature of the project is the use of certain dog breeds with improved sensitivity and selectivity for xxx.
Best National and Cultural Values Project
Krasnodar Region Administration:
Development and strengthening of Kuban national culture and traditions
Cultural events implemented in the framework of the project allow popularization of Kuban culture, preservation of folk traditions and education of the younger generation about the sense of belonging to the fate of Kuban.
The Company of the Year
Noted for the integrated contribution to sustainable development in the preparation of the Games.
Winners of the Green Building Recognition Program in 2013
Sochi National Park - Centre for Breeding and Rehabilitation of the Persian leopard
Successful implementation of the program to reintroduce the Persian leopard.
Most Environmentally Friendly Project
Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort Development Company Ltd
Implementation of an effective environmental management system under ISO 14001 standard.
Best Accessible Venue and Barrier-Free Environment for Staff and Visitors
DKRS–Sochi Russian Railways JSC - The Adler – Alpika Service combined automobile and railway route, Adler Railway Station,
Olympic Park Railway Station
The company built a 48-kilometre combined (rail and motor) road, and road service stations equipped with all necessary barrier-free environment elements.
Best Applied Innovative and Natural Materials in Building Finishing and Interiors
SeverInvestStroi Ltd- Russian Seasons Hotel
For the first time in Russia, natural materials were widely used for a building façade and finishing and interiors. The vertical plantings were accommodated on the front façade of the building and solar batteries were used.
Best Water Efficiency Solution
GazpromInvestProject Ltd – Adler thermal power plant (TPP)
The use at the Adler TPS of a reverse circulation cooling system with dry cooling towers helps save up to 98% of drinking water. Dry coolers have helped preserve the unique environment of the Sochi region and conserve up to 12 million cubic meters of drinking water a year.
Best Waste Management System
UniversityPlaza Ltd – The Russian International Olympic University building
Successful implementation of the zero waste and zero loss strategy: saving of paper and other materials, use of biodegradable materials and secondary raw materials, disposal of equipment, separate waste collection, and waste composting.
Best Example of Local Community Involvement
OMEGA Centre JSC – Adler Arena Skating Center, Main Media Center, Olympic Park venues, Formula One Track
Employment of Sochi and Krasnodar Region residents by the operator.
Best Applied Energy Efficient Solution
NK Rosneft-Kubannefteprodukt JSC -
Gas station 152
· Implementation of the energy management system – ISO-50001-2012. Reduction of electric power consumption at the gas station due to a number of technical measures: use of LED lamps
· use of a solar power plant
· use of proximity sensors.
Notes to the Editor
The Sochi 2014 "Gateway to the future!" is the first ever award in Russia for contribution to the sustainable development.
It was created to celebrate the achievements of the key participants of the Games preparation in the sphere of social, environmental and economic development. In addition to this, the award is an incentive for companies to pay attention to activities in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, as well as inform about their progress and results.
The award take place in ten nominations: "Best complex project of the year, "Best project for youth engagement", "Best innovative project of the year", and the best projects in the directions: "Healthy lifestyle", "Harmony with nature", "Barrier free world", "Economic prosperity", "Modern technologies", "Culture and national values" and "Company of the year".
The first Awarding ceremony took place in March 2013 (based on results of activity in 2011-2012). More than 20 organizations and 46 projects in 10 nominations competed for the awards.
Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has been implementing the Green Building Recognition Program since 2011, jointly with SC "Olympstroy". In September 2011, awards were presented to the winners of the first stage of the recognition program - a competition among design organizations. In 2012, the results of the second stage were drawn up - a competition among construction organizations. In 2013, there was a competition among Olympic venue user organizations and investors.
The competition for the 3rd stage of the Recognition Program took place in seven nominations: «Most Environmentally Friendly Project», «Best Accessible Venue and Barrier-Free Environment for Staff and Visitors», «Best Applied Innovative and Natural Materials in Building Finishing and Interiors», «Best Water Efficiency Solution», «Best Waste Management System», «Best Example of Local Community Involvement» and «Best Applied Energy Efficient Solution».