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London 2012 emissions 'cut by 15 per cent'

Organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have announced that carbon emissions during the construction of the Games’ numerous sites in the capital have been reduced by 15 per cent.

The announcement was made in London 2012’s Sustainability Plan – Toward a One Planet 2012 – which provides a detailed study projecting the potential carbon footprint of the Games.

A total of 1.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases are expected to be produced during the planning and construction of the Games, amounting to only 0.05 per cent of the UK’s total emissions.

From the outset, the aim was to design the venues as sustainably as possible, including making sure that the velodrome is almost 100 per cent naturally ventilated, it said.

Water used to clean the Aquatics Centre swimming pool filters will be recycled for flushing toilets, helping venues use 40 per cent less than equivalent buildings.

Shaun McCarthy, chair of the commission for a sustainable London 2012, the body set up to independently assure London’s 2012 pledge to host the most sustainable Games to date and its legacy, described the study as an ‘honest appraisal of progress to date’.

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