New commission to probe most sustainable Games ever

  • 9-8-2011

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 will independently monitor and verify London's 2012 pledge to host the most sustainable Games ever - becoming the first body of its type set up in association with any Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The announcement of the new commission and the appointment of Chair Shaun McCarthy was made today as part of a range of activities marking 2012 days until London hosts the Games.

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 will be responsible for assuring sustainability across the delivery, staging and legacy of the London 2012 Games programme.

Commission Chair Shaun McCarthy, who today attended a stakeholder roundtable event hosted by the Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street, said:

"The commission will work to make sure the sustainability stamp is firmly placed on the London Games, to ensure a joined-up social, economic and environmental legacy. We will require the Olympic bodies to demonstrate they have robust plans in place to meet their sustainability commitments. We will also challenge the 2012 programme to create a legacy of which future generations can be proud. This has never been done before - we've been given an unprecedented opportunity to create a blueprint for major developments in the future."

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 will advise the Olympic Board and report to the public about the impact of the Games on the environment and the opportunity for the Games to deliver longer term benefits for the community.

He added:

"As an independent assurance body, reporting directly to the Olympic Board, the commission will focus on assuring sustainability targets which will deliver immediate and long lasting benefits. From decisions on how suppliers and sponsorship partners are chosen, to promoting fair training and long term employment opportunities and tackling global issues such as climate change, sustainability and the London Games can set an example for the rest of the world to follow. We hope that by 2012 the word sustainability will become almost as synonymous with the London Games as sport."

Mr McCarthy acknowledged the contribution made by the London Sustainable Development Commission, particularly 2012 Sub-Group commissioners Dr Robin Stott, Paul de Zylva and Craig Cordice, in driving sustainable development into London's 2012 programme prior to and since the bid win.

The recruitment of commissioners for the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 will commence shortly.

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