London 2012 today published its updated sustainability plan, ‘Towards a One Planet 2012’, outlining the latest plans to ensure the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will set new standards in sustainability.
Two key areas addressed in the plan include the approach being taken to carbon management and waste management. Findings have enabled detailed work on minimizing carbon emissions, with the ODA already reducing potential emissions from construction work by 15% across the site and by more than 50% on the Olympic Stadium project alone. A significant part of this is from the work of the ODA to create the Olympic Park in Stratford, building thousands of new homes, world-class sporting venues, a 102 hectare public park with thousands of trees, as well as new and improved rail and water infrastructure and new pedestrian and cycle routes.
Measures taken by the ODA to deliver as sustainably as possible include the design of the most lightweight Olympic stadium to date, minimizing the use of steel, an almost 100% naturally ventilated Velodrome and the use of high recycled foundations in the Aquatics Centre.
Other measures taken to reduce the carbon footprint include using concrete and aggregate with a high recycled content and reusing materials wherever possible, for example unused gas pipes recycled for the Stadium’s roof truss.
ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: “We have made sure that sustainability is at the heart of this project from the outset and the ‘green build’ is on track. As we create the Olympic Park, cleaning the area of contamination, creating world-class new sports venues, thousands of new homes, new infrastructure, transport links and a new green space for Londoners that will remain many years after 2012, we are doing so in as sustainable way as possible.”