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London to host sustainable Olympics
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16:30, September 04, 2008

London has made its commitments on "sustainable" Olympic Games in 2012 by using energy less and efficiently and dealing with waste wisely.

According to a press release from the British Embassy in China, everything that is being constructed for London 2012 will be designed to use less energy. That will be achieved by choosing less energy-intensive materials and transporting half of the construction materials to Olympic Park by water or rail instead of air.

Both during and after the Games, on site renewable energy sources such as wind turbine will provide at least 20 per cent of energy requirements. All competition venues will be operated in the low emissions way.

Spectators will be encouraged to travel to venues by public transport. The Olympic Park is near the transport connections. New footpaths and cycle routes will be built.

Recognizing that the Olympics will also have to adapt to the changing climate, the city are planning to use plants in the Olympic Park that are native to south-east England. As a result, the whole site will cope with heavy rainfall as well as offering greenery to provide shade.

Waste will be reused and recycled as far as possible. More than 90 percent of material demolished to pave the way for the Olympic Park will be reused. For example, 80 demolished lampposts will be stored and then used to create aesthetic and practical features for the Park including paths, paving, lighting and water features.

In addition, key species affected by the construction of the Olympic Park have been relocated. For example, fish and newts have been moved to local sites during the construction phase of the Park and artificial nests were created for sand martins along the Lower Lea Valley where the Park site is in.

By People's Daily Online

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