Commission statement on BP Target Neutral carbon offset scheme

September 30, 2011

We made it clear in our carbon report that we expect London 2012 to focus their efforts primarily on delivering leading edge solutions to reduce carbon emissions and sharing the knowledge acquired to create a “multiplier effect” by applying the lessons to other projects and organisations.

There is evidence that this is starting to happen but there are some emissions that are unavoidable, such as those caused by air travel, motor vehicles and temporary generation.

BP had committed to offsetting operational emissions from the fuel they supply and we are pleased to see that they have gone beyond their formal obligations to offer a free offsetting service to ticket holders.

Some offset schemes are not all they appear to be but the evidence presented to us by BP suggests they are using good practice to ensure that only genuine and auditable carbon offsets are used.

We congratulate BP on this initiative, one of many to be implemented by commercial partners determined to help deliver exemplary sustainable solutions to London 2012.