At 17:57 of Jul. 31, 2015, Thomas Bach, President of International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced that Beijing was the winner of the 24th Winter Olympics during the 128th IOC Session.
It is hoped that Beijing’s successful bid for the Winter Olympics will significantly promote the environmental governance of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. The State Council recently approved a Plan for Renewable Energy Demonstration Area in Zhangjiakou of Hebei Province. The Plan proposes to build Zhangjiakou City into a world leading low-carbon Olympic zone. According to the “low-carbon Olympics” concept and requirements, renewable energy shall be available in Chongli County by 2022 and be widely used in the demonstration zone. The coal-centered energy restructuring in the haze-covered Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region will not only have a positive impact on the 2022 Winter Olympics, it is also a historical opportunity for the energy transformation and environmental quality improvement in the region. Since Beijing and Zhangjiakou jointly bade to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, they have effectively reduced regional carbon emissions, gradually providing better environmental benefits. For the first half year of 2015, the average PM2. 5 concentration in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region was 78 µg/m³, a 22.1% decrease compared to the last year. In 2014, the air quality of Zhangjiakou ranked first among 37 cities monitored by the Ministry of Environment in the northern Yangtze River Delta. In addition, there were 315 days on which the air quality was up to standard with an average PM2. 5 concentration of 35 µg/m³.