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ODA challenges contractors

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has challenged contractors to prove their green credentials after publishing its draft 'Sustainability Principles' last week
The 12 objectives support the five sustainability themes of climate change, waste, biodiversity, inclusion, and healthy living as set out in the London 2102 Sustainability Policy, which is based around the 'Towards a One Planet Olympics' concept, linking local and global sustainability initiatives.ODA contractors will be expected to demonstrate how they will meet these objectives through their proposals, and will be monitored against their delivery by the ODA and its Delivery Partner.ODA chief executive David Higgins said: 'We are publishing our high level Sustainability Principles, which will be followed next year by a detailed sustainability strategy.'The ODA will work collaboratively with industry, using its influence and purchasing power, to encourage and enable the delivery of an economically, socially and environmentally responsible Games.'The ODA's sustainability principles are proposed to be:Energy - maximise the opportunities for carbon efficiency whilst reducing the carbon footprint of the Olympic and Legacy development wherever possible. Waste - maximise opportunities to design out waste and provide new waste infrastructure, whilst minimising off site disposal during remediation and construction, through an integrated approach to resource management. Materials - identify, source and use environmentally and socially responsible materials. Biodiversity and ecology - protect and enhance the wildlife and its habitat of the Lower Lea Valley, and enhance access to nature. Land, water, noise, air - maximise positive and minimise adverse impacts on land, water, noise and air quality. Global, local and internal environments - design and build in a sensitive manner for internal and local environments, adaptable to future climates. Culture, heritage and built form - preserve and improve the heritage of the Lower Lea Valley. Transport and mobility - create accessible, pedestrian friendly Olympic Park and Venues, with good connectivity to surrounding areas. Housing and amenity - create new safe, mixed use public space, housing and facilities appropriate to the demographics and character of the Lower Lea Valley. Education and employment - provide new employment and business opportunities locally, regionally and nationally. Health and well-being - provide for new health, recreation, sporting and cultural facilities in the Olympic and Legacy development. Inclusion - involve, communicate and consult effectively with stakeholders, and communities surrounding the Olympic Park. Any comments on the ODA's approach to sustainability should be sent to sustainability.consultation@london2012.comRelated links:Today's top stories

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