London 2012 launches sustainability plan
The design for the main Olympic Stadium has 80 000 seats, and it can be converted to a permanent stadium with 25 00 seats after the games by having a large demountable element. Rapid progress in clearing and cleaning the site means that construction will be able to start on site next year two to three months early.
The sustainability plan for the London Olympic games in 2012 includes addressing climate-change issues by minimising greenhouse-gas emissions and ensuring that legacy facilities can cope with the impact of climate change. Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London and a member of the team presenting the plans, said, ‘We have set ourselves two very challenging aims — to stage not only the greatest games ever but, as importantly, those games in 2012 must be the most sustainable in the history of the modern Olympics. This demonstrates our commitment to meet those challenges and leave a legacy which shows that even the largest regeneration projects can build in measures to tackle climate change.’ Other sustainability measures include minimising construction waste, with no waste being sent to landfill during games time, as well as encouraging the development of new waste-processing facilities in east London.