The London Olympics - Sustainable Event
As Summer Olympic Games are bringing thousands of participants and million spectators and fans together, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner named major achievements of Olympic organizers by creating sustainable event.
Mr. Steiner expressed his satisfaction: “London's cleanup of an old industrial site; the restoration of flows and habitat on the River Lea; the greening of supply chains; the low energy linked with the design and construction of the stadium including utilizing old gas pipe's for the facility's Olympic ring; and the use of temporary structures to reduce emissions are among the actions that can assist in inspiring the organizers of the Rio 2016 games and beyond.”
According to London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), London 2012 is the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to measure its carbon footprint over the entire project term and to commit to a Zero Waste to landfill target, reusing or recycling over 98 per cent of waste in the demolition phase, and 99 per cent in construction of the Olympic Park.
UNEP demonstrates that its role in helping host countries to create sustainable event has in increased since 1994 and currently is advising the Russian Federation on its preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games to host another sustainable Olympic Games.