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Turin Olympics to be Environmentally Friendly

Organizers of the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy have announced plans to make the upcoming Winter Games environmentally friendly.

Turin Olympic Organizing Committee officials addressed the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, and said offsetting carbon dioxide emissions is a top priority.

Organizers plan to offset the equivalent of 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions expected to be created by transport and operation of the Olympic venues during the February 10 to 26 Games.

The emissions will be offset through the use of forestry, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources. Other environment-friendly measures include water saving programs, reduced construction to minimize the impact on the landscape, use of pollution-free construction materials at the Olympic Village and a waste plan to handle increased trash volume.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.