09 Jun 2011 10:06:07
Plans for low carbon Olympic torch scrapped
EDF Energy has announced that the Olympic torch for the 2012 Games will not be powered by a low carbon fuel.
In 2007, the firm said it was commencing engineering work to create a greener way of fuelling the 8,000 torches needed for the Games.
However, it has now claimed it ran out of time to make creating and manufacturing the fuel operationally feasible and is instead working on a fuel similar to the gas mixes used previously.
A spokesperson for the company said: "The relay has an immovable deadline and both Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) and EDF concluded there would not be enough time for all the required testing."
The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 said the excuse that EDF had ran out of time was "not acceptable".
Chair of the commission Shaun McCarthy said although the CO2
savings from powering the torch with a low carbon fuel would be minimal, the "power of the message across the globe would have been highly significant".