London 2012 falls short of 'greenest ever' targets, report shows

WWF UK and BioRegional say the London 2012 Olympics management team could have done better according to a report, with the failure to build a wind turbine near the site being seen as partly to blame.

Both are critical of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ (LOCOG) performance in making the games the ‘greenest ever.’

London Olympics 2012

The report states key issues such as energy, waste and use of resources could have been handled better but David Stubbs, head of sustainability for the Games, defended its performance, saying that it had met the majority of its targets, even though the blueprint for the environmental aspects of the games had been published in 2004 and that expectations for environmental sustainability had increased since publication.

Mr Stubbs added that attempts to improve environmental performance, such as an initiative to provide a wind turbine close to the main Olympics site, were not successful, and impacted on their objectives.

A proposed 130 metre-high wind turbine was set to provide 5 per cent of the energy needed to run the Olympic Park, but fell through after new safety legislation made completion on time for the games impossible.

Sue Riddlestone, executive director of BioRegional, who was involved in drawing up the original strategy, told the Guardian: " We were especially disappointed about the failure to meet the renewable energy targets. So the journey to deliver a sustainable Olympics will continue."

Her colleague, David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK, which co-wrote the report, said: "We are pleased that London has set the bar higher and has moved faster than previous comparable events.

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