What are some precautions London is taking to become a green Olympics?



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    The London Olympics organizing committee hope to “champion low waste, low carbon emissions, and green transportation”. How? They hope to cut emissions by 50% by using renewable energy and generating energy on site. 90% of demolition materials would be reused or recycled, and half of the construction materials would be transported by rail and water. The organizing committee also wants to promote walking, cycling, and public transport as a means of transportation.

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    Other precautions include aiming to reduce the amount of potable water used in the construction of new buildings by 40%. This has been accomplished, in part, by collecting rainwater to use in construction. In addition to these precautions, organizers have decided that the flame used in the Olympic torch will be carbon neutral. Organizers are currently searching for an alternative to paraffin or other high carbon fuels to light and maintain the Olympic flame.

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    London will strive to maintain the standards set forth by the BS 8901, or the British Standard for a Sustainable Event Management system. In cooperation with BS 8901, the event will demonstrate environmental responsibility by carefully controlling everything from carbon emissions to noise pollution, while still maintaining a profitable business model.

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    The entire planning and building process for the London 2012 Olympic games has been integrated with sustainability. The London games are committed to using existing venues where possible, only creating permanent structures that will have a long-term purpose after the Games, and constructing temporary structures for everything else.

    Their Sustainability Plan have 5 key themes:

    1. Minimizing greenhouse gas emissions
    2. Minimizing waste throughout the building process and ensure that no waste is sent to landfills during the Games-time
    3. Minimizing the impact of the Games on the natural wildlife and biodiversity around the venues
    4. Creating employment opportunities for urban communities and therefore decreasing the need for the long distance commuting for jobs our-sourced into the suburbs. Instead creating jobs right in the urban areas so people do not need to rely on single passenger vehicles to get to work.
    5. Encouraging people to take up sport and live healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
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