2012 Olympics to meet less than 50% of renewable power generation target

The 2012 Olympics is to miss a target of generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources, according to report released today (April 11).

A report, the fourth yearly independent review of the environmental credentials of the Olympics, has been published by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.

According to the report the Olympic Delivery Association (ODA) will meet its overall target of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions.

However, only 9% of the site's power will come from renewable energy, less than half of the original 20% planned by the ODA.

Watch Shaun McCarthy, chair of the commission, lauch the report below:

The report also praises the site-wide Combined Cooling Heat and Power (CCHP) plant, recognising the commercial and technical constraints at the time the contract was awarded and understands a fossil fuel plant was the best available option to the ODA.

The ODA declined to comment on the report with a spokeswoman pointing instead to the fact more than £1m had been invested in carbon reduction measures for housing near the site.

The report can be downloaded by clicking here.

Luke Walsh


Olympic | energy manager


Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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