Energy-saving Olympics on track

London 2012 has revealed how the Olympic Park is leading the way in energy saving and sustainable construction.

A new report aims to show that the project is on track to deliver a sustainable and low-carbon Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The report also highlights how the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has put in place a comprehensive programme to make sure businesses working with the Games can demonstrate their sustainability whilst LOCOG can monitor its supply chains effectively.

Construction of the Olympic Park is nearing completion now - it’s on time and on budget. All venues have been designed following stringent sustainability targets.

The Olympic Velodrome, seen above, is a perfect example of London 2012’s green ambitions.

It has a cable net roof half the weight of a traditional roof; the roof has strategically placed rooflights reducing the need for artificial lighting and allowing for natural ventilation; and its water saving fittings allow for the collection of rainwater for reuse, helping reduce water consumption by over 70%.

LOCOG’s CEO, Paul Deighton, says of the report: "I’m proud that sustainability is an important part of how we do business.

"The work that has been done on integrating sustainability into food, logistics, transport, ceremonies, technology and event management has uncovered opportunities that have not been realised before in an Olympic or Paralympic context.

"This report outlines the work that has gone into making the Games as sustainable as possible. There is still much to be done, but we are well on track to achieve some fantastic results."

And hopefully a Gold Medal in the (re)cycling? Sorry.

[Image: London 2012]