Ever since the Sydney summer games, the Olympics have tried to lead the way in terms of environmental sustainability. So far all newly-constructed Olympic buildings have met stringent green standards, but the flame remained the same- until now. The London organizers have decided that, as they wish to be remembered as the greenest Olympics ever, the flame will be carbon neutral.

Instead of paraffin or other similar high carbon fuels, the London organizers are researching a low-carbon fuel to light and mantain the Olympic flame. “The Olympic games and Paralympic games have the power to set agendas, and change behaviour, and applying sustainability principles to one of the most potent symbols of the Games will, we hope, help us do just that.” a spokeswoman for London 2012 said.

+ London Olympic flame to be carbon neutral