British watchdog says London Games 'most sustainable' ever

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 13:00 hrs

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (CSL2012) has given the London Games a thumbs up, branding it as the most sustainable Games ever.

Such was London 2012's success in delivering against its sustainability pledges the watchdogs are calling for future British-based festivals and sports competitions such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships to follow its lead, the Daily Express reports.

In its review, called London 2012 - From Vision to Reality, CSL2012 noted that ambitious sustainability targets such as zero waste to landfill and 70% waste to be reused, recycled or composted at London 2012 are on track thanks to attention to packaging and effective use of the colour coded three-bin system, the paper added.

Transport at the games, which included the availability of a fully comprehensive mobility service for the first time, was a success. Comprehensive public transport options and effective planning saw minimal disruption to Londoners, concluded CSL2012, it said.

CSL2012 chairman Shaun McCarthy said: "I have no hesitation in confirming that London 2012 has delivered the most sustainable Games ever, and we congratulate the delivery bodies and all those who contributed to this excellent achievement. But we mustn't rest on our laurels - more could be achieved if London's lessons, both the good and the challenging, are heeded by others." (ANI)

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