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Tight timetable turns screw on Games' green credentials

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A TIGHT construction timetable for the London 2012 Olympics has forced Games bosses to produce a sustainability plan that falls short of previous targets and mayor Ken Livingstone's green standards, it was revealed this week.

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive David Higgins said it was a case of setting realistic green targets to hit during the four-year construction period from this summer to 2011.

'We wanted to work with the industry on something achievable on the timetable of the Olympics, ' he said.

Higgins and Livingstone both hailed the release of the ODA's Sustainable Development Strategy on Tuesday as paving the way for the greenest Games ever.

However, he Olympic Village will have just 20% on-site renewable energy rather than being energy self-sufcient, as promised during the bid stage.

Residential water use after the Games is over will be 130 litres per person/day, compared with the Mayor's preferred standard of only 70 litres per person/day.

London Assembly Green Party member Darren Johnson said: 'Today's announcement does include some welcome steps towards a sustainable Olympics, such as strong recycling targets and a combined heat and power system.

'But there's still a long way to go before London 2012 lives up to its aspiration of 'the greenest Olympics ever'.' Higgins added that while all ms working on ODA contracts would have to sign up to its sustainability agenda, there would be no hard and fast targets for individual projects.

'Today hasn't been about targets but working with the industry to improve the construction industry from the start, ' he added.

Higgins also conrmed the ODA's commitment to the construction of a lock on the Prescott Channel that would allow 50% of all construction materials to be delivered to the Olympic Park by road or rail (News last week).

Highlights of the Strategy include:

Waste and materials: reduce waste through design - 90% of demolition material to be reused or recycled and at least 20% of materials used in permanent venues and associated works, and the Olympic Village l Water: ensure ef cient water use and reuse with a target for a 40% reduction in the demand for potable water in permanent venues, and a 20% residential reduction target.

l Transport and mobility: prioritise walking, cycling and the use of public transport to venues, including building over 80km of walking and cycling routes.

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