GE: Making the sustainable Games happen
VANOC is the first Olympic Organising Committee to commit to applying sustainability principles and practices – including integrated delivery of social, economic and environmental outcomes and benefits to the Games. The GE team is responding in a number of significant ways to meet the challenge.
As a Worldwide Olympic Partner, GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games. GE works closely with host countries, cities and organising committees to provide infrastructure solutions related to power, water treatment, transportation and security, as well as healthcare equipment to help doctors diagnose and treat athletes and the local community.
Highlights of their programme include:
• Filtering water within the Vancouver Convention Centre – home of the Olympic broadcasting centre. A GE Water & Process Technologies membrane wastewater management system will clean water from within the building and reuse it for flush fixtures, and to irrigate a new, six-acre rooftop garden.
• Providing LEEDS certified filtering technology for the Nordic Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants. The system will provide drinking water for visitors and will also be used by the snow making equipment.
• Delivering more efficient transportation. CP Rail, the official freight provider for Vancouver 2010, is using GE’s Evolution Locomotive Engines, which reduce emissions by 40% and fuel use by 5% compared to previous locomotive engines. CP is also using GE’s Trip Optimiser – an advanced energy management system that reduces fuel use and emissions by up to an additional 10%.
• GE Digital Energy is also equipping the new Vancouver Metro Rail Link with fibre optic multiplexer communications that will be used for train control, arrival and departure information, ticketing, emergency voice and platform customer service.
• Revitalising Robson Square. GE is sponsoring the revitalisation of the skating rink in Robson Square, located in downtown Vancouver. The GE Plaza will provide a vibrant centre of attraction for residents and visitors.
• Lighting the Games: GE has supplied numerous lighting solutions to many of the Olympic competition and non-competition venues in Vancouver and Whistler. GE’s energy efficient LED solutions have been installed at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East) and throughout the newly revitalised GE Plaza at Robson Square. GE has also installed high quality specialty lighting in the Richmond Oval, the Hillcrest Curling venue, the Pacific Coliseum, UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium and the Whistler Sliding Centre.
GE Healthcare also equips sports physicians with advanced and innovative medical imaging technologies, allowing athletic trainers to have an earlier and more accurate diagnosis platform:
• 64-Slice CT Scanner for Whistler: Through its Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games partnership, GE Healthcare has made possible a legacy gift to the residents of the Sea to Sky region – a brand new 64-slice CT scanner. The scanner is a first for the region and will be located in the Whistler Health Centre in advance of the Games, and will remain with the community following the Games.
• Polyclinics in Vancouver and Whistler: GE Healthcare will equip the Olympic Polyclinics in Vancouver and Whistler, which will offer comprehensive healthcare for Olympic athletes and officials during the Games.
• Mobile Medical Unit (MMU): GE Healthcare is providing a state-of-the-art emergency medical unit for medical emergencies for athletes and officials in the Sea to Sky region during the Games. The 15.9-metre tractor-trailer can expand to a 90 square metre unit with 12 beds, which includes a recovery/triage area and intensive care unit, as well as an operating room with two independent surgical beds. Following the Games, the MMU will be used by the Province of British Columbia.