Friday, June 04, 2010

Sustainable Olympics not making Britain greener

LONDON. The 2012 Olympic Games in London were meant to inspire British industry and society to become more sustainable.
That is not happening, reports a green watchdog in its annual review on the games’ sustainability vision.
The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 gives the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is responsible for construction of venues and infrastructure for the games, high grades for its standard of sustainable design. But in its report the watchdog says that the benefits for Britain’s wider green economy could be lost before the games even begin unless “the knowledge in people’s heads is captured before they leave”, according to a story in the Guardian.
“Our main area of concern lies in the wider commitments that were made during the bid or just afterwards. Broad promises have been made in official documents: ‘to make the Olympic Park a blueprint for sustainable living’ and ‘to be a catalyst for new waste management infrastructure in east London. With the exception of a few worthy initiatives, there is no comprehensive plan to make this happen”, it says in the report.
Many of the venues, like the main Olympic Stadium (picture), are seen as good examples of sustainable design.
But much more has been expected from the London 2012 Olympics.