Tags: Annual review
The Commission published its fourth Annual Review on 11th April 2011. It looks at the governance arrangements of each of the delivery bodies for the London 2012 Games and reports progress in delivering a sustainable Games and legacy.
Key findings from the Commission’s Annual Review include:
Carbon Emissions: The Commission is reasonably confident that the carbon targets will be achieved but this will not be through renewable energy production at the Park. The Commission supports the ODA and LOCOG’s alternative plans to meet their carbon reduction targets; however, there are lessons to be learnt regarding the viability of urban renewable electricity generation and the need for long-term planning when contracting for energy infrastructure.
Sustainable Community: Good community initiatives are in place but the Commission has concerns that these may wither away after the Games unless the momentum is continued. The ODA and LOCOG remain committed to tackling equality and diversity in their workforces but will need government-funded employment and skills initiatives to continue.
Making a difference: The Commission has seen good progress from the ODA on the learning legacy of the Games. We are delighted to see that the ODA’s procurement standards will be adopted by government. The Commission has recommended that BS 8901, which was inspired by London 2012, should be adopted for all public events to make them more sustainable.
Sustainable Infrastructure: The Commission is pleased to see that a sustainable legacy is being supported via green space, transport, walking and cycling routes. The energy infrastructure is good by today’s standards, but is not future-proof. The OPLC needs to continue to take up the challenge to provide sustainable infrastructure for the future.
Green Space: The ODA is on course to deliver the amount of biodiverse habitat promised. The Olympic Board has confirmed its commitment to green space commitments as outlined in the bid in regard to legacy, but the Commission recognises the challenges, such as the pressures on land use. Therefore the Commission will be scrutinising the OPLC to ensure it continues to deliver on the commitments.
Sustainable Construction: The ODA has set new built environment standards that other construction clients should follow. By delivering multiple projects on-time and on-budget, the ODA has proven that it is possible to deliver both sustainability and value.
Sustainable Games: LOCOG have responded to the recommendations made by the Commission last year and have consequently set challenging targets. The Commission has planned a Games Operations review to see how these targets will be delivered on the ground.