Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Olympics in London plans reuse of reclaimed materials

London UK - WITH 2012 days to go to the 2012 London Olympics the Olympic Delivery Authority has published its Sustainable Development Strategy, with inputs from BioRegional's One Planet team and WWF, which encourages the reuse of reclaimed building materials arising from demolition.

The ODA say that the strategy is unprecedented for a development of this nature and sets new standards for sustainable design and construction. They aim to have on-site energy generation, to reduce waste by reusing or recycling 90 per cent of demolition arisings, and with 20 per cent of new construction materials having recycled content. [By value, weight, or embodied energy?? - ed]

David Higgins, Chief Executive of the ODA said, "We want London 2012 to be remembered as the greenest Olympics. We are meeting tomorrow's requirements today - far exceeding current policy targets. Sustainability runs through all we are doing - through design and construction, use of energy, reuse of waste materials, and transport such as the waterways in the centre of the Olympic Park."

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee, said, "We intend to set the very highest standards in sustainability and legacy for other Games to follow."

Robert Napier, Chief Executive of the WWF, said, "WWF and BioRegional support One Planet Olympics and welcome the ODA's sustainable development strategy as a first step towards the fuller, programme-wide plan that will emerge later this spring."

Monitoring the sustainability will be the job of the new Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, which will report to the Olympic Board, and is the first known body of its kind in the world.

Media Enquiries
Contact the Olympic Delivery Authority Press Office on 020 3 2012 700.

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