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Contractors face sustainability demands

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CONTRACTORS BIDDING for work on Olympic facilities will have to comply with strict environmental demands laid down by the new Olympic Delivery Agency (ODA).

Performance measures built into construction contracts will ensure that they maximise the use of sustainable materials.

'We made a number of pledges to ensure that the London Games is at the forefront of sustainability, ' said London 2012 infrastructure director James Bulley.

The London 2012 bid team has already laid plans to ensure that the environmental impact of the 2012 Games is minimised.

And the newly established London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) will work with the ODA to set up procurement systems which ensure environmental goals are met.

The Games' environmental philosophy also includes building a 45MW to 48MW combined cooling, heat and power station close to the aquatics centre in the Olympic park (NCE 25 November 2004). This is expected to generate electricity fuelled by rubbish from the Games.

Footpaths and other parts of the Olympic park will be designed to be porous so that rainwater can be captured and recycled.

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