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ODA launches green Games guide

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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) unveiled a sustainability plan yesterday, to ensure the London 2012 Games are the ‘greenest Olympics in modern history’.

The plan, called Towards a One Planet 2012, will look at how the Games can be staged in the most sustainable way, from recycling to re-using demolition waste and creating a ‘sustainable food strategy’.

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said the document was 'unique in its scope – covering not just the environmental impact of the Games but also the impact on areas like transport, biodiversity, skills, employment and business legacies in east London.

‘No other host nation has been so ambitious. With the eyes of the world upon us, the London 2012 Games must set standards for generations to come.’

Developed with WWF and BioRegional, the sustainability plan identifies five themes, which are:

• Climate change – minimising greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring legacy facilities are able to cope with the impacts of climate change;
• Waste – minimising construction waste and no waste being sent to landfill during Games time, as well as encouraging the development of new waste processing infrastructure in east London;
• Biodiversity – minimising the impact of the Games on the ecology of the Lower Lea Valley, leaving a legacy of enhanced habitats within the Olympic Park;
• Inclusion – promoting inclusion and attitude change, especially towards disability, celebrate the diversity of London and the UK and create new employment, training and business opportunities for the communities living around the Olympic Park site and Lower Lea Valley; and
• Healthy living – the Games will be used to inspire people across the country to take up sport and develop active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

ODA director of design and regeneration Alison Nimmo said: ‘We have set ourselves challenging targets but have already made a strong start. We hope that the 2012 project will set new standards for the industry and establish high benchmarks for future developments.’

To read the full document visit www.london2012.com/documents/locog-publications/london-2012-sustainability-plan.pdf

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