2012 Olympics Going Green = FAIL

Green sources are reporting that the upcoming 2012 London Olympics will “fall short” of its 20 percent renewable energy target for Olympic Park.While the watchdog group, the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012,reports that the carbon emissions from next year’s Olympics will bereduced by approximately 50 percent, only 9 percent would be coming fromrenewable energy sources.

According to reports, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has beenforced to come up with green alternatives after new safety rules causedthe ODA to scrap its plans for a wind turbine at Olympic Park.

“It is regrettable that the renewable energy industry could not come up with the answers,” said Shaun McCarthy,chairman of the sustainability watchdog group, “But this is a sensiblesolution to reduce carbon emissions.  We are incredibly close to ourultimate goal of sustainable Games, which would make London 2012 aunique entry in the annals of Olympic and Paralympic history,” McCarthyadded.

McCarthy indicated that the 20 percent goal could have been met had they been able to move forward with the wind turbine.

Now the ODA is apparently planning to invest money in things likeinsulating and draft-proofing local schools and homes in order toachieve the reduction in carbon emissions. I’m not sure what insulatinglocal homes and schools has to do with the green targets for the 2012 Olympics, but more green power to them I guess.

Richard Jackson of the ODA is pretty chagrined about the whole ordeal, and admits that providing renewable energy to the site was a big challenge.

“Beyond the huge sustainability benefits already delivered, we alsoset ourselves challenging targets on carbon reduction and renewableenergy,” Jackson said. “Despite exhaustive efforts we have not been able to find a cost-effective solution to deliver a large percentage ofrenewable technology on the park.”

London Assembly Green Party member Darren Johnson was not quite so kind with regard to the ODA’s renewable energy shortfall.

“This really is a miserable result,” said Johnson. “I know theorganizers have had some difficulties but quite frankly this shouldnever have been allowed to happen. It makes a mockery of the idea of agreen Olympics,” he added.


BBC News

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