- 23 Jan 2007
- IOC News
LONDON 2012: 2012 Days To Go!
The Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 celebrated a special milestone today, as 23 January 2007 represents 2,012 days until the start of the London 2012 Games. As part of the celebrations around this day, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the public body responsible for ensuring delivery of the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and the legacy that will follow, launched its Sustainable Development Strategy.
The ODA strategy will ensure that, during the construction phase, the ODA will set new standards for sustainable design and construction of major sports venues and infrastructure used for the Games, as well as setting performance measures for tackling climate change, maximising the use of sustainable transport and minimising and reusing waste. Key elements of the strategy will focus particularly on: climate change, aiming to reduce by 50 per cent the carbon dioxide associated with the Olympic Park by 2013; waste and materials, recycling or reusing 90 per cent of demolition material; water, ensuring efficient water use, reuse and recycling in the venues and residential development; and transport and mobility, prioritising walking, cycling and the use of public transport to and within the Olympic Park and venues. This planning of the Games and their legacy together will help ensure that a lasting social, sustainable and environmental legacy remains after 2012.
Beyond these key elements, the strategy also looks at wider areas of sustainability, such as biodiversity and ecology; supporting communities; materials sourcing; access to the park; land, water, noise and air impacts; employment and business opportunities; health and wellbeing; and the inclusion of the communities surrounding the Olympic Park and venues. For more information on the ODA strategy, please visit the official London 2012 website:
London was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting, taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic Programme in London in 2012, and around 10,500 athletes.