London’s Olympics organisers are unlikely to win a gold medal for green energy after criticism from London politicians.
Last week London Assembly members heard that the target to generate 20% of electricity requirements for the Games from renewables was unachievable.
The admission by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) follows the decision two months ago to scrap a controversial wind turbine for the Olympic Park.
“London said it would provide the greenest Games ever and although good progress is being made in many areas, it is disappointing that organisers don’t expect to meet their renewable energy target,” said London Assembly environment committee chair Darren Johnson.
Organisers admitted that the target was “unlikely to be met in full”, but played down its relevance to NCE this week. “The target was set prior to winning the bid and many things have changed since then,” said Locog sustainability head David Stubbs.
“We are focusing on reducing our carbon footprint, such as selecting low carbon construction materials as well as sourcing renewable energy.”
Stubbs cited the difficulties in producing renewable energy in urban environments due to planning laws and lack of space. Only 2% of the UK’s renewable energy is produced in London.
The Olympic Delivery Authority hopes to have a biomass gasification plant and 5, 000m2 of photovoltaic solar panels ready for the Games.