London Olympics weakens renewable energy commitment

The games’ green watchdog supports a shift from renewables to energy efficiency to achieve carbon cuts at Olympic sites. Others describe this as a miserable result

London Olympics stadium (credit: LOCOG)A fresh row over the environmental legacy of the London games has been sparked by a decision of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to rely more on energy efficiency and less on green energy to save carbon.

The ODA, the body responsible for building Olympic infrastructure and venues, has announced it is abandoning its long-standing target for 20% of the Olympic Park’s energy to come from renewable sources after the games. The target had been in doubt since June last year when the ODA cancelled its  plan to build a wind turbine at the park.

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