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Sustainable aspirations

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Renewable energy will supply much of the power to the Olympic Park and to the urban developments left after the Games.

One of the overarching aims of the London 2012 bid is to show that the Olympic Park will have a minimal impact on its immediate environment. It is for this reason that there are plans to build a combined cooling heat and power station close to the aquatics centre within the Olympic Park.

The facility would generate the electricity needed for the park and, it is hoped, would be fuelled by rubbish generated on site.

Exact capacity has yet to be determined, but the facility is expected to be capable of generating between 45MW and 48MW.

The scale of the redevelopment site and its sporting and legacy developments mean that constructing such a large plant is economically viable, says Buro Happold senior associate Ken Carmichael.

New buildings such as the Olympic stadium and the housing developments would also incorporate solar panels and photovoltaic cells.

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