“The first sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games” is the promise of 2012 London Games, which are going to take place in less than 100 days. In such an important and significant year as 2012 is for all the world – Kyoto Protocol is set to expire -, the UK has realised how important it is to achieve sustainability commitments in the next Olympic Games.
“The London 2012 Sustainability Plan: Towards a One Planet 2012” highlights how the Olympics aim to host the most sustainable Games possible. This Sustainability Plan focuses on five key themes:
1. Climate change: ‘To deliver a low-carbon Games and showcase how we are adapting to a world increasingly affected by climate change.’ The idea is reducing to the minimum greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring legacy facilities to cope with the impacts of climate change.
2. Waste: Ensuring a minimum waste in every stage of the project and also during the Games.
3. Biodiversity: Preparing London for the Olympics could make a great impact on wildlife and their habitats. Therefore, to conserve biodiversity, the impact of construction activity has been minimised and mitigated and new urban green spaces are being created to leave a legacy of enhanced habitats where it’s possible and also to bring people closer to nature through sport and culture.
4. Inclusion: The Olympics are a great opportunity to promote the access for all and celebrate the diversity of London and the UK in general, creating new employment, training and business opportunities to everybody.
5. Healthy living: Inspiring people of the UK and the rest of the World to practice sport and develop active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
A report on progress to date has been published every year since the preparation of the Olympics started. In addition, an independent body, the Comission for a Sustainable London 2012 is monitorising all the process and reporting back to the public.
Click here to download the London 2012 Sustainability Plan: Towards a One Planet 2012 or go to http://www.london2012.com/sustainability for more information.