London Olympics 'to be greenest ever'

The London 2012 Olympics are to be the greenest games in history, according to reports from the BBC. With 2,012 days to go, the body in charge of construction and design said it would champion low waste, low carbon emissions and green transportation. Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive David Higgins said: "Ensuring a sustainable approach to building the Games will help ensure London 2012 is remembered not only as two weeks of fantastic sporting action, but also as the greenest games to date." The ODA claims it will cut emissions to 50% by generating energy on the site and renewable energy. It also said about 90% of the demolition materials will be reused or recycled and at least 20% of materials used in permanent venues and residential areas would be recycled. And half of the construction materials will be transported to the Olympic Park by rail and water. Walking, cycling and public transport will be promoted as the best ways to get to the events. London Olympic Organising chairman Lord Coe and Prime Minister Tony Blair responded to the strategy in a joint podcast. Blair added that London 2012 could become a "cutting edge example of sustainability". Lord Coe said London was trying to produce a better example of green and sustainable Games than the much-praised Sydney 2000 Games. The green strategy however could be overshadowed by Wednesday's report by MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. It is expected to call for a cap on lottery spending on the event, which is currently set at £1.5bn for building and staging the event. Earlier this month, the government indicated it may use National Lottery funds to make up for the shortfall in the final budget.

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