The Alibaba Group has come out stating that cloud technology has made the Olympics Winter Games Beijing 2022 significantly more efficient and sustainable while simultaneously helping the host city Beijing manage the cost of staging the Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)  teamed up with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG) and Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group's cloud computing arm, to move their core operations of the Games into the cloud ranging from communications to content delivery and production.

This has allowed the host city Beijing to reduce a great amount of money spent on hardware and decrease the carbon footprint of the Games operations.

"Cloud-based technology helps us honor our ambition to ensure the Olympic Games are at the forefront of sustainability," said Ilario Corna, Chief Information Technology Officer of the IOC.

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change, the IOC pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2024 and 50% by 2030.

The biggest contributor to the Olympic Games' carbon footprint is travel, so to reduce its footprint and to make the Games more accessible to broadcasters worldwide, in addition, Beijing expanded the use of Alibaba's cloud-based content delivery platform. More than 20 broadcasters have signed up to receive the real-time feeds.