London 2012 sustainability comes under spotlight

London 2012 sustainability comes under spotlight

London 2012 has issued its first full sustainability report, covering the whole London 2012 programme for the calendar year 2010.

Setting out the ways in which London 2012 is taking sustainability considerations into new areas, ‘A Blueprint for change’ covers the key themes set out in the original plan, first published in 2007.

The report details how construction on the Olympic Park is nearing completion, both on time and on budget.

All venues and new infrastructure have been designed and built by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in line with stringent sustainability targets, meaning the Park is leading the way in sustainable construction.

London 2012 is also on track to deliver a low-carbon Games.

By deploying groundbreaking carbon footprint methodology and through a careful choice of overlay, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has avoided more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Working closely with sponsors, licensees and suppliers, LOCOG has also put in place a sustainable sourcing programme of a scale never seen before.

a result, the company is able to monitor its supply chains in a more effective manner and encourage businesses working with the Games to demonstrate their sustainability.

London 2012 has also used an inclusive approach in its ticketing programme and volunteer recruitment, enabling the widest possible group of people to be part of the Games.

LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton commented: “I sm proud that sustainability is an important part of how we do business. The work that has been done on integrating sustainability into food, logistics, transport, ceremonies, technology and event management has uncovered opportunities that have not been realised before in an Olympic or Paralympic context.

“There is still much to be done, but we are well on track to achieve some fantastic results.”