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In the News: 2022 Winter Olympics Highlight Climate-friendly Ice Rinks

This year’s win­ter olympics are mak­ing his­to­ry in a new way — cli­mate-friend­ly ice! While ice skat­ing, speed skat­ing and hock­ey have long been pop­u­lar sport­ing events, not much atten­tion has been paid to the ice itself, and how it’s cre­at­ed for use by these tal­ent­ed athletes.

Tra­di­tion­al­ly, these large pieces of ice are kept cold via hydro­flu­o­ro­car­bons (HFCs), green­house gasses that absorb heat but can also be hun­dreds or even thou­sands of times more potent than CO2. How­ev­er, in an impres­sive dis­play of uti­liz­ing tech­nol­o­gy to fight cli­mate change, this year four of the five ice rink facil­i­ties uti­lized at the olympics are kept cold via pipes run­ning car­bon diox­ide under the ice.

This cre­ates not only a more uni­form ice tem­per­a­ture and bet­ter expe­ri­ence for the ath­letes, but a more cli­mate-friend­ly impact on our plan­et. Clear Skies Texas applauds this inno­va­tion and con­tin­ues to encour­age busi­ness­es and orga­ni­za­tions to imple­ment clean­er tech­nol­o­gy in their every­day operations.

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