London issues sustainability report

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London 2012 has issued its first full sustainability report, covering the whole London 2012 programme for the calendar year 2010.

Setting out the ways in which London 2012 is taking sustainability considerations into new areas, 'A Blueprint for change' covers the key themes set out in the original plan, first published in 2007. The report details how construction on the Olympic Park is nearing completion, both on time and on budget. All venues and new infrastructure have been designed and built by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in line with stringent sustainability targets, meaning the Park is leading the way in sustainable construction. London 2012 is also on track to deliver a low–carbon Games. By deploying groundbreaking carbon footprint methodology and through a careful choice of overlay, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has avoided more than 100, 000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Working closely with sponsors, licensees and suppliers, LOCOG has also put in place a sustainable sourcing programme of a scale never seen before. As a result, the company is able to monitor its supply chains in a more effective manner and encourage businesses working with the Games to demonstrate their sustainability. London 2012 has also used an inclusive approach in its ticketing programme and volunteer recruitment, enabling the widest possible group of people to be part of the Games. Download the London 2012 Sustainability Report: A blueprint for change:http://www. london2012. com/documents/sustainability/london–2012–sustainability–report–a–blueprint–for–change. pdfMeanwhile, the workforce on the Olympic Park and Athletes Village has reached 12, 635 as the big build nears completion. As well as the economic legacy that is being created for people and companies working on the Park and Village, thousands more people across the UK are gaining employment and training helping to deliver the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games. Twenty–five per cent of the current workforce live in the five Host Boroughs – the London boroughs nearest the Olympic Park (Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich) and more than 60 pre cent live in London. Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive Dennis Hone said: " The Olympic Park and Village is being delivered on track and within budget by a dedicated and hard working team in London supported by thousands more people working for sub–contractors and suppliers up and down the country. " The site and supplier workforce have done us proud, completing construction on the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome and being on track to finish all the main venues and infrastructure this summer ready for Test Events ahead of the Games. " Alongside the immediate economic legacy of providing work, contracts and a showcase for the work of UK plc, the big build has supported long–term career development for people living close to the Olympic Park, previously unemployed people and apprentices. " Programmes set up to maximise the big build employment legacy have helped more than 1, 400 previously unemployed local people gain work on the Park, delivered more than 3, 400 places training people for work on the Park and other construction sites and enabled 426 apprentices to work on the project.

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