POSTED: Tuesday December 9th 2008

London 2012 on track to reach sustainability goals

First update published today

One year on from the publication of the London 2012 Sustainability Plan, the first update is published today and shows that London 2012 is on track to achieve its goal of being a truly sustainable Games. The update provides a snapshot of the progress made over the last 12 months and outlines the challenges to be addressed in the coming years. London 2012 is on track to achieve its goal of being truly sustainable Games.


Highlights include:



-          Work has started to build the Energy Centre which will contribute to the ODA’s 20% renewable energy target;

-          A dedicated rail head has been built on the Olympic Park, contributing to the delivery of materials to site by sustainable means;

-          A Timber Supply Panel has been established which will ensure that only legal and sustainable timber is used;

-          A Biodiversity Action Plan has been submitted for planning approval, detailing the types of habitats that will be left after the Games.



-          Ongoing work to determine the carbon footprint of the Games;

-          Four Sustainability partners signed up;

-          Sustainable Sourcing Code published;

-          CompeteFor and Business Opportunities Network providing significant opportunities for local businesses and SMEs;

-          Summer and Winter of Sport initiatives and Government’s free swimming commitment promoting healthier lifestyles.



-          Sustainability criteria being incorporated into Legacy Masterplan Framework, and extensive community engagement initiatives;

-          Sustainability central to Government and GLA Legacy Action Plans;

-          London 2102 taking transfer of knowledge opportunities from observations of Beijing Games and liaison with other host city Organising Committees.


The full document is available online at -


London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe welcomed the progress so far; “When we launched the London 2012 Sustainability Plan last year we weren’t just paying lip service – sustainability underpins our planning and we are seeking to set new benchmarks for Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and major global events. We are absolutely on track to achieve what we want to achieve, but we aren’t complacent – there is still much work to be done and challenges to be met. With the fantastic teams in place across the organisation, I’m confident we will set new standards and leave a lasting legacy for future Games and the event industry in general.”


John Armitt, ODA Chairman said: “Sustainability runs through the heart of this project and is incorporated in all we are doing – from the design and construction of venues and the use of energy and materials, to maximising sustainable transport routes. We have an opportunity to set new standards in sustainable development and raise the bar for the industry.”


The Sustainability Plan – Towards A One Planet 2012 - identifies five priority themes, which are:


-          Climate change – minimising greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring legacy facilities are able to cope with the impacts of climate change;

-          Waste – minimising construction waste and no waste being sent to landfill during Games time, as well as encouraging the development of new waste processing infrastructure in East London;

-          Biodiversity – minimising the impact of the Games on the ecology of the Lower Lea Valley, leaving a legacy of enhanced habitats within the Olympic Park;

-          Inclusion – promoting inclusion and attitude change, especially towards disability, celebrate the diversity of London and the UK and create new employment, training and business opportunities for the communities living around the Olympic Park site and Lower Lea Valley;

-          Healthy Living – the Games will be used to inspire people across the country to take up sport and develop active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles.


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