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Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

5. To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had on the environmental effects of the London 2012 Olympics. (224394)

The Olympic Board has set out its ambition to make the London 2012 Games the most sustainable in modern times.

Our Sustainability Plan, ‘Towards a One Planet 2012’ details how we intend to achieve this—for example, by cutting carbon emissions in the Olympic Park by 50 per cent. by 2013, by ensuring that 20 per cent. of energy on-site comes from local, renewable energy, and by creating a park that will encourage people to live more healthily and sustainably.

The Board discusses and monitors progress against these commitments and the many others which are contained in the plan.

The first annual update of the plan is due to be published later this year. Progress includes: the ODA exceeding its target to reclaim 90 per cent. of demolition waste for reuse or recycling, new wildlife refuges being created from the timber of demolished buildings, and construction of the new facilities in Weymouth minimising disruption to local wildlife.