Environmental Laboratory

United Nations praise London Olympics for meeting sustainability targets

Aug 02 2012 Comments 0

The United Nations has praised the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games for creating a sustainable environment, saying it met all the targets set forward in the sustainability assessment guide developed by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Achim Steiner, executive director of the UNEP, said: "Every Olympic Games represents unique challenges and opportunities in terms of raising the bar of the third pillar of Olympism - namely the environment - and London is no exception."

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has been in close collaboration with the UNEP, which has looked to push environmental sustainability at the  Games in Athens in 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing in 2008 and Vancouver in 2010. Rio de Janeiro has also invited UNEP to assist in its preparations for the 2016 Summer Games.

Mr Steiner said LOCOG's accomplishments has been quite something. From the clean-up of an old industrial site to "the restoration of flows and habitat on the River Lea; the greening of supply chains; the low energy linked with the design and construction of the stadium, including utilizing old gas pipes for the facility's Olympic ring; and the use of temporary structures to reduce emissions are among the actions that can assist in inspiring the organizers of the Rio 2016 games and beyond," he said.

Indeed, the facts and figures really do talk for themselves. The chief goal of LOCOG was to achieve a legacy that would extend far beyond the Games, which is why sustainability has played such a  big part in their plans.

To list but a few, the Olympics has managed to clear any contaminated land in and around the site, cleaning two million tonnes of soil and reusing over 80 per cent of the soil they had. This is the UK's biggest ever clean-up of contaminated land.

All permanent structures have long-term plans, and environmentally-friendly initiatives, such a recycling waste and so on, have played a huge part in the run up to the event. If London wanted to create a legacy, it certainly seems as though they have achieved that.

Posted by Claire Manning 

Read comments0

Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.

Digital Edition

International Environmental Technology May / June 2017

June 2017

Gas Detection A Fresh Approach to Natural Gas Network Surveys Environmental Laboratory What’s New in the Analysis of Complex Environmental Matrices? Determination of Natural an...

View all digital editions


Recycling Expo 2017

Jul 27 2017 Rome, Italy


Jul 29 2017 Tehran, Iran

DXC 2017

Jul 31 2017 Big Sky, MMT, USA

World Congress on Chromatography

Aug 07 2017 Rome, Italy


Aug 20 2017 Vancouver, Canada

View all events