Olympic Delivery Authority wins green award for London 2012 transport plans
Friday 14, May 2010
The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA’s) transport plans for the London 2012 Games have achieved the British Standard in sustainable event management, making it one of the first organisations to achieve the 2009 standard.
The British Standard in Sustainability Management Systems for Events (BS 8901:2009), was developed to create a new benchmark for how major events should be planned around key sustainability principles. Following a series of assessments carried out by certification body Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), the ODA became one of the first organisations to achieve the new sustainability standard. The assessment recognised that the London 2012 transport plans would deliver a 'learning legacy' for the planning of future major events.
ODA Director of Transport Hugh Sumner said: 'Becoming one of the first organisations to be awarded this sustainability standard is a considerable achievement and shows how our London 2012 transport plans are setting new benchmarks and delivering an important learning legacy for how future major events are planned.
'We are on track to complete the transport improvements needed for the Games and legacy by the end of the year and this award is welcome recognition of the good progress we have made so far as we move into detailed operational planning.'
Richard Sadler from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) said: 'Through-out their assessment, the ODA demonstrated a high commitment to the management and improvement of significant sustainability issues associated with the provision of transport to the London 2012 Games. Attainment to this standard actively shows the ODA's commitment to mitigating the social, environmental and economic impacts that travelling to the London 2012 Games may cause.'
At the heart of the transport plans for 2012 is a commitment to encourage spectators to travel to events by public transport, walking or cycling, helping to deliver a sustainable Games and using the power of the Games to drive change in the planning of major events. To achieve this the ODA, together with its transport partners, is delivering a range of improvements to London's transport network to help make public transport, walking and cycling the most attractive option for spectators travelling to the Games.
In achieving the BS 8901 sustainability standard, the ODA has also explored ways to further reduce the carbon impact of its transport activities, including the use of low carbon concrete in the construction of transport infrastructure.
The ODA is on track with its programme of transport infrastructure improvements that will leave legacy benefits for London long after the Games. Work completed to date includes:
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