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Sustainability was at the heart of London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Park will respect that commitment and continue to deliver on the ‘green’ initiatives of the Games, aiming to create a sustainable development that is in tune with the world’s changing climate and resource needs.
Using the best of the Games’ infrastructure, innovation and inspiration, the Park will provide a pioneering model of urban regeneration promoting sustainable lifestyles through sustainable infrastructure. Our recently published ‘Your Sustainability Guide to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’ sets out our vision for living in and visiting the Park in 2030 and how we aim to create an environment that drives behavioural change. A changing climate, the loss of biodiversity, poor air quality and the overconsumption of vital resources are the key environmental challenges of our time. We are helping to address these through:
• the construction of zero carbon homes;
• ensuring zero waste to landfill;
• creating walkable neighbourhoods, encouraging cycling and promoting the use of public transport, and
• managing energy and resource efficient venues and sustainable events that respect their parkland setting.
The Park’s buildings will use the latest ‘green’ technologies and low-carbon design, minimising their overall environmental impact and their energy needs. The power that is required for much of the Park will be provided by a new Energy Centre, using the latest sustainable energy technology.
The Park will also feature other environmental innovations, such as ‘grey and black water’ recycling, where waste water from baths, sinks and washing machines is re-used elsewhere on-site.
The Park was conceived as an environmental showcase and will continue to strive for environmental excellence.
The environmental sustainability policy can be downloaded from here.