29 Oct 2010 10:10:08
London Assembly: Olympics could fall short of environmental pledges
The London 2012 Olympic Games could fall short of its environmental pledges, according to the London Assembly.
Organisers have said that the Games will be the most sustainable in history, however, the assembly has suggested that more needs to be done to ensure targets are met.
A report from the London Assembly's Environment Committee highlighted that more electric vehicles for the Olympic fleet should have been secured, while the target on renewable electricity during the staging phase of the Games is unlikely to be met.
"London's air quality is a particular cause for concern, as failing to reduce levels of pollutants could have consequences for London's international reputation as well as the health of those attending the event.
"We also need to see clear targets for re-using temporary materials, more detail on how organisers will promote sustainable travel and plans for recycling facilities on site and around London," said Darren Johnson, chairman of the committee.
Earlier this month, the state-of-the-art energy centre at the Olympic Park was unveiled.
The centre features biomass-fired boilers using sustainable wood-chips to generate heat and deliver low carbon energy as well as a gas-fired Combined Cooling Heat & Power plant.