2012 Games set pace of sustainability
The Olympic Development Authority, which is responsible for creating the Olympic venues and infrastructure for the 2012 games in London, has pledged to cut carbon emissions linked to the Olympic Park and other venues by 50%. That is substantially more than the 44% reduction required by new regulations due to be introduced in 2013. Michael Brown, CIOB deputy chief executive, commented, ‘We welcome the ODA sustainable-development strategy, which will set tough performance measures for the Olympic development. These measures will deliver high standards of sustainability throughout the project and provide a sustainable future for the rest of the community. ‘50% of the UK carbon problem can be apportioned directly to the buildings we live and work in. We hope that the example the Olympic 2012 games, and others, are setting will drive even greater ambition for zero-carbon buildings throughout all areas of the built environment.