London's green Games
The organisers of the London 2012 Games have included an environmental agenda in every aspect of the Olympic journey from bid to legacy.
The London 2012 team aim to make their Games the most sustainable yet, and have joined up with WWF and BioRegional to deliver The One Planet Olympics. This concept centres on the idea that if everyone in the world were to live the same lifestyle as we do in the UK, we would actually need three planets.
The London Olympics sustainability plan centres around certain key areas:
These are guided by The One Planet Olympic principles:
- Zero carbon
- Zero waste
- Sustainable transport
- Local and sustainable materials
- Local and sustainable food
- Sustainable water
- Natural habitats and wildlife
- Culture and heritage
- Equity and fair trade
- Health and happiness.
The 2012 team plan to use their Olympic opportunity to draw attention to global environmental issues, such as climate change, as well as ensuring that the run-down and deprived Olympic site undergoes a physical and social transformation that lasts beyond the duration of the games.
To achieve this, the team are working alongside local authorities to ensure that the Olympic legacy lives on in regeneration plans.