United Nations hails green credentials of London's Olympic Games
A senior United Nations chief has praised the measures taken by the UK to ensure that the London Summer Olympic Games are environmentally sustainable. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), says the eco achievements of the London 2012 Games should act as an inspiration for following organizers. "Londonâ€™s clean-up of an old industrial site; the restoration of flows and habitat on the River Lea; the greening of supply chains; the low energy linked with the design and construction of the stadium, including utilizing old gas pipes for the facilityâ€™s Olympic ring; and the use of temporary structures to reduce emissions are among the actions that can assist in inspiring the organizers of the Rio 2016 games and beyond," he said.
UNEP has been cooperating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since the mid-1990s to support host cities of the global sporting event strive to put measures in place that protect the environment and makes smart use of their resources.
"Every Olympic Games represents unique challenges and opportunities in terms of raising the bar of the third pillar of Olympism â€“ namely the environment â€“ and London is no exception," Mr. Steiner said during a visit to the Olympic Park on the eve of the Gamesâ€™ inauguration.
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