Gallery: 6 Ways in Which London 2012 has Failed to be ‘The Green Olympi...

 

2. 3.4 million tons of CO2

Energy company EDF has announced plans to sponsor the olympics by providing 24 MW of energy produced through renewable sources such as wind power. The Olympic park will also feature on-site combined heating and cooling in addition to a power plant with biomass boilers. It will have the capacity to switch from natural gas to other low-carbon and renewable fuel sources.

The problem is that no one knows exactly how much energy the games will actually use - conservative estimates have stated that the games will probably produce 3.4 million tons of CO2. By comparison, the UK's total annual emissions are around 550 million tons. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) has been vague about cutting emissions, saying: "Our first objective is to get a handle on our climate impact and then work out how to avoid our emissions."

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  1. Josh Gellers August 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    So, any time there is new construction, an event is automatically not green? This might be an unfair standard. Also, a report by the WWF and Bioregional declared that the London Games are in fact the “greenest Olympics ever” (http://www.rtcc.org/business/london-2012-declared-greenest-olympics-ever/). Perhaps we should applaud progress first before holding up the event to an impossible standard?

  2. paulkchaney August 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I can see that the estimation for the carbon footprint at the 2012 Olympics being a difficult thing to accomplish. Do you also count the electricity all over the world for people to watch it on their room heating 50″ TVs? Should everyone have sailed to Great Britain instead of flying? Finally, should we renounce the invention of fire and abandon the Olympics forever too?

    Maybe we need to keep our noses to the grindstone and continue learn from the efforts here and everywhere we can about how to improve our environment. Oh, we should congratulate those who worked so hard om all of the Green aspects of these 2012 Olympics. I am certain they were far more green than any of those we remember this century.

  3. grrl666 August 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    i’d like to know why you guys chose to take a negative view of what the london Olympic committee has tried to do rather than applauding the measures taken to try to make this as green as possible. you’re never going to have an entirely green olympics, the fact that people will travel to go automatically makes a low carbon footprint impossible.

    one of the basic tenets of good leadership is to give credit where credit is due. if you applaud the efforts that are made, people will be more willing to go out of their way to change the way things are done.

  4. philipm31 July 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’m working in the stadium, and have noticed that theres always three bins wherever i go.. Trash, recycling, and compostables.. And all of the concession food containers are compostable. It’s a start at least.

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