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2012 Games could fall short of environmental targets according to Environment Committee

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games may not be as “transformative” when it comes to the environment as originally hoped, according to a report.

Going for Green, published by the London Assembly Environment Committee, says that more must be done as the event approaches to ensure that a benchmark is set for future Games and other future sporting events.

The main areas where the 2012 event may fail to meet its environmental targets, according to the report, relate to renewable energy and electric vehicles. But it does praise the innovative work done to date to map and reduce the event’s carbon emissions, recycle waste and avoid sending rubbish to landfill.

The following points are recommended in the report as ways to help the 2012 Games meet its environmental targets:

·        London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) should produce a plan to promote sustainable travel at the point of ticket sales to help cut carbon emissions from spectators’ journeys to the Games.

·        Organisers need to make clear how they will quantify future carbon savings, which they believe will result from the Games, to compensate for unavoidable emissions needed to stage the event.

·        London 2012 and the Greater London Assembly (GLA) should set targets for the re-use of temporary materials and say how they will be monitored.

·        By June 2011, the GLA should publish plans for how London 2012 sustainability standards will be applied at the live sites it will run and in cultural events which the mayor of London sponsors throughout the capital, and how these will be monitored and reported on.  

·        Plans should be set out by June 2011 for best practice recycling facilities on site and around London.

Environment committee chair Darren Johnson said: “We fully support London 2012’s ambition to be the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in recent history, and there has been some excellent work towards that goal.

“However we don’t want to see environmental standards compromised in the run-up to what I am sure will be a fantastic Games. We need to see clear targets for re-using temporary materials, more detail on how organisers will promote sustainable travel and plans for recycling facilities on-site and around London.”

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