www.cslondon.org                   Welcome
In July 2005 London won the right to stage the 2012 Olympics, beating the            French into second position (Hah!)   ...
By the time Terminal 5 opened in 2008 the biggest construction project in Europe was                                      ...
A new model for assurance                  We have set ourselves two very challenging                  aims - to stage not...
3questions most people ask about London 2012?
Can you get me some tickets?                               NO…
Is it really like the Twenty Twelve programme on TV?(This is a spoof TV programme on the BBC)                             ...
2012 Olympics
CSL’s Purpose…     To provide independent assurance and commentary in order to enable the sustainability objectives of the...
How we operate…                         Olympic Board UK SDC   LSDC                                                       ...
Towards sustainable construction Our vision    London 2012 delivers    exemplary performance    and can demonstrate    tha...
Achievements & challenges     Objective                             Target            Performance     Carbon reduction in ...
Towards sustainable infrastructure Our vision    London 2012 delivers    sustainable    infrastructure that acts    as a c...
Achievements & challenges CCHP for park, village and shopping mall Black water recycling Non potable water Green space Nat...
Before the ODA even started to design the Olympic Park they made very clear rules aboutsustainability. They were launched ...
Towards sustainable events Our vision    London 2012 delivers    the most sustainable    Games to date in terms    of deli...
Achievements & challenges Zero waste to landfill Sustainable food Sustainable sourcing code Diversity & inclusion business...
Integrated energy strategy – 50% less carbon  Efficiency                               Energy management                  ...
Food, waste and recycling.Food vision: fresh, local,organic, sustainable.
Low carbon AND inspirational
Corporate event…?The picture on the left shows the Olympic Stadium and the funky recycled flooring on the main concourse. ...
Towards sustainable communities Our vision    London 2012 delivers a    programme of work that    inspires healthy living,...
Will there be a legacy?
Making a difference Our vision    UK achieves a step    change in sustainability    as a result of the legacy    of knowle...
An example of legacy           www.supplychainschool.co.uk
Critical success factors
The shower and the glory?So, is the Velodrome my favouritebuilding? No.This unsung hero is the membranebio-reactor. The Ol...
Sustainable…?           “ We want our One Planet Olympics to           be the most complete and sophisticated           ex...
“We have always maintained that, taken in         isolation, delivering and Olympic and         Paralympic Games is an inh...
We believe that we can only call our Games sustainable ifwe can inspire a generation to more sustainable behaviour.I hope ...
www.cslondon.orgShaun McCarthyshaun.mccarthy@cslondon.org     Thank you020 7593 8664
Commission for a Sustainable London 2012: Assuring Sustainability for the London Olympics
Commission for a Sustainable London 2012: Assuring Sustainability for the London Olympics
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At EIBTM 2012, we were delighted to have Shaun McCarthy, Chair, Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 who shared some case study examples of sustainability in practice at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A great opportunity to learn about sustainability in action, and its legacy at a major, international event.

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  • In July 2005 London won the right to stage the 2012 Olympics, beating the French into second position (Hah!) At that time Heathrow Terminal 5 was the biggest construction project in Europe. With a budget of £4.2Bn the project aimed to transform a disused sewage works into the biggest single airport building in Europe. It is bigger underground than above ground and if it was an airport on its own it would be the second busiest in the UK and seventh busiest in Europe
  • By the time Terminal 5 opened in 2008 the biggest construction project in Europe was the London Olympic Park. With a budget of £9.5Bn it aimed to transform a derelict and polluted site in one of the poorest areas in Europe into Europe’s biggest new urban green space for 200 years, great sports venues, the most sustainable major housing development ever seen in the UK, all of this acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the East End. This is a bold regeneration project interrupted by a few weeks of sport. I oversaw the sustainability performance of both projects. Terminal 5 had an advisory group called EAG. This group helped to set the sustainability objectives and was disbanded. Some objectives were well achieved but some were quietly dropped. When I started advising the Mayor’s office on the Olympics I was determined that this would be different. I wanted an independent body with a great team of people to constantly scrutinise the project and hold the delivery bodies to account for their performance. Nothing would be “quietly dropped” on this project.
  • You can imagine how proud I felt in October 2006 when I was appointed by Mayor Ken Livingstone to chair the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012. I was so enthusiastic I studied every sustainability subject you could think of. I knew all about combined heat and power, membrane bio-reactors, japanese knotweed, NOX, SOX, PM10s, particulates, social return on investment. You name it, I knew about it I was ready!
  • So, now that I am a great leader and bold innovator of a new approach to sustainability assurance. What are the 3 questions most people ask me about London 2012?
  • Can you get me some tickets? NO
  • Is it really like the Twenty Twelve programme on TV? (This is a spoof TV programme on the BBC) YES Did the meeting about putting an electric motor in the wind turbine to make it look like it is going round really take place? I could not possibly comment.
  • What’s it like working for Mayor Boris Johnson? Is he really as mad as he appears on TV? YES – also one of the most intelligent people I have met. This is a story of Boris visiting Korea and describing the Olympics as like eating a hippo without realising that hippos are much revered in Korea and a protected species
  • My first encounter with Boris was shortly after he was elected in 2008. During my presentation to the Olympic Board he asked me about electric cars and asked for an independent briefing before the car sponsorship was awarded. I carefully explained why the BMW offer was the most sustainable and why it was not possible to accept Nissan’s offer to supply half of the 4,000 vehicle fleet with their new Leaf model. He was challenged in a TV interview to explain why the greenest deal was not accepted and he simply said “but BMW gave us more dosh”. This is quite a long story summarised here.
  • This is the one sentence purpose statement for our commission which I think has stood the test of time. The important words for me are highlighted in red.
  • This is how we operate. My role as chair reports directly to the political leadership. I have a small team of highly qualified and committed people and a group of voluntary commissioners who provide expertise in various forms of sustainability. We provide assurance over all organisations delivering London 2012 objectives and respond to a very wide group of stakeholders. It is important to strike a balance between responding to stakeholders but not enhancing their campaigning objectives and being realistic with delivery bodies without beiing too soft.
  • Set clear ground rules Before the ODA even started to design the Olympic Park they made very clear rules about sustainability. They were launched in a meeting with the Prime Minister in January 2007, I was there. Examples are; buildings at least 15% better energy efficiency than the building regulations, 90% waste diverted from landfill, 25% secondary materials, 25% of the workforce local, 10% local and unemployed for more than 6 months. The velodrome was £40M over budget and the designers wanted a relaxation of the sustainability rules. The ODA said no and forced them to innovate. This led to a much lighter cable net supported roof, half the materials of the Beijing velodrome, less concrete in the ground to support the materials etc. On budget, on time and the most sustainable building on the Park; 30% better energy efficiency, 37% recycled content, natural light, natural ventilation, awesome! Set the rules, don’t compromise, drive your resources to innovate
  • Energy There is an integrated energy strategy: Design out consumption. Permanent buildings only if there was an identified legacy use. Otherwise buildings were temporary. All buildings required to deliver exemplary energy efficiency Monitoring and targeting. This is an online tool from EDF that shows half hourly data for all venues. The energy team used data like this to drive down consumption but they started too late and could have done much more Infrastructure. CHP and non-potable water infrastructure providing low carbon energy and water efficient solutions to the park. The whole system is designed for 5 times its current capacity to support growth of this new piece of city in legacy
  • Food, waste and recycling: Food vision: fresh, local, organic, sustainable
  • The picture on the left shows the Olympic Stadium and the funky recycled flooring on the main concourse. Both were supplied by Dow Chemical of the USA. We received a significant backlash from protestors who are convinced that Dow are responsible for the Bhopal disaster and for under-compensating the victims. Dow deny this. I received personal threats, my staff had abusive calls and one of my commissioners resigned over this. This is heavy shit! The picture on the right is the London 2012 megastore where you can find every type of useless tat with a London 2012 logo on it. Despite LOCOG’s efforts to follow best practice (describe if sufficient time) the Playfair Alliance put undercover workers into 2 factories in China and found breaches of all ten principles of the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. The IOC and other major governing bodies (e.g. FIFA, UEFA etc.) have a responsibility to deal with this issue instead of just going from event to event and taking the money. This is a serious issue that one organising committee is powerless to resolve alone.
  • So, is the Velodrome my favourite building? No. This unsung hero is the membrane bio-reactor. The Olympic Park has one of London’s main sewers running alongside it, anybody walking from the Games to West Ham station may have got a whiff of it. This wonderful building contains a machine that takes sewage from the pipe and uses bacteria to turn poo into fresh water. The fresh water is used for irrigation but is also used as feedstock for the district heating system which in turn is heated from waste heat from electricity generation in the combined heat and power plant on the park. The homes in the Olympic village have no boilers, they are supplied by this system which provides a source of cheap and sustainable heating and hot water 24 hours per day. If you are a Londoner you can just imagine that your poo could have contributed in a small way to Usain Bolt’s hot shower.
  • So, did we deliver a sustainable Games? NO You cannot say that using all those resources, millions of people travelling hundreds of millions of miles just to can be considered sustainable. There is no such thing as a sustainable Olympic Games. Don’t let anybody convince you otherwise. 31 competition venues 955 competition sessions 160,000 workforce 23900 athletes and team officials 20,600 broadcasters and press 4800 Olympic and Paralympic family 9 million ticket sales 14 million meals
  • We believe that we can only call our Games sustainable if we can inspire a generation to more sustainable behaviour. I hope I have inspired you a little today.
  • I hope I have inspired you a little today
  • Thanks for listening. Keep in touch
  • Commission for a Sustainable London 2012: Assuring Sustainability for the London Olympics

    1. 1. www.cslondon.org Welcome
    2. 2. In July 2005 London won the right to stage the 2012 Olympics, beating the French into second position (Hah!) At that time Heathrow Terminal 5 was the biggest construction project in Europe. With a budget of £4.2Bn the project aimed to transform a disused sewage works into the biggest single airport building in Europe. It is biggerJuly 2005 underground than above ground and if it was an airport on its own it would be the second busiest in the UK and seventh busiest in Europe
    3. 3. By the time Terminal 5 opened in 2008 the biggest construction project in Europe was the London Olympic Park. With a budget of £9.5Bn it aimed to transform a derelict and polluted site in one of the poorest areas in Europe into Europe’s biggest new urban green space for 200 years, great sports venues, the most sustainable major housing development ever seen in the UK, all of this acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the East End. This is a bold regeneration project interrupted by a few April 2008 weeks of sport. I oversaw the sustainability performance of both projects.Terminal 5 had an advisory group called EAG. This group helped to set the sustainability objectives and was disbanded. Some objectiveswere well achieved but some were quietly dropped. When I started advising the Mayor’s office on the Olympics I was determined thatthis would be different. I wanted an independent body with a great team of people to constantly scrutinise the project and hold thedelivery bodies to account for their performance. Nothing would be “quietly dropped” on this project.
    4. 4. A new model for assurance We have set ourselves two very challenging aims - to stage not only the greatest Games ever but, as importantly, those Games in 2012 must be the most sustainable in the history of the modern Olympics. This overriding principle has been built into our plans from the word go and I am confident that with Shaun McCarthy’s expert leadership and this team he has recruited we will set the sustainability standards that will becomFormer Mayor the benchmark for the hosting of all futureKen Livingstone Olympic and Paralympic Games.15 May 2007
    5. 5. 3questions most people ask about London 2012?
    6. 6. Can you get me some tickets? NO…
    7. 7. Is it really like the Twenty Twelve programme on TV?(This is a spoof TV programme on the BBC) YES
    8. 8. 2012 Olympics
    9. 9. CSL’s Purpose… To provide independent assurance and commentary in order to enable the sustainability objectives of the London 2012 programme to be achieved and to support a sustainable legacy.
    10. 10. How we operate… Olympic Board UK SDC LSDC ODAGov. Depts. LOCOG Host GLA Group Boroughs GOE / DCMS Statutory Bodies BOA / BPAProfessional Institutes Chair Officers NGOs Core Commission Co-opted experts
    11. 11. Towards sustainable construction Our vision London 2012 delivers exemplary performance and can demonstrate that it has set new standards for the construction industry
    12. 12. Achievements & challenges Objective Target Performance Carbon reduction in the operation 50% 47.7% onsite of the built environment in legacy 58.6% including offsite measures Renewable energy 20% 10.8% Recycled content (by value) 20% 34% Recycled aggregate (by weight) 25% >40% [DN: Close out report says 48% but may go down during transformation] Reduction in potable water 40% 58% Timber from sustainable sources 100% 100% BREEAM excellent ratings for new 100% 3 excellent, 3 on target for permanent venues excellent in legacy, 1 very good. Demolition waste reused or 90% 98.5% recycled Construction waste reused, 90% 99% recycled or recovered Habitat creation 45 hectares 24.9 hectares at Games-time 45 hectares in legacy Bird and bat nest or roosting boxes 675 381 before to the Games, rising to 701 in legacy Move construction materials by 50% 67% prior to Games Rail/Water Olympic Village Code for Level 4 Level 4 (subject to Sustainable Homes successful post Games conversion) Health and Safety on site Zero fatalities Zero fatalities Local (Host Borough) workforce 15% 18% Workforce that was previously 7% 10% unemployed
    13. 13. Towards sustainable infrastructure Our vision London 2012 delivers sustainable infrastructure that acts as a catalyst for sustainable development in East London
    14. 14. Achievements & challenges CCHP for park, village and shopping mall Black water recycling Non potable water Green space Natural water attenuation Fuel source for energy Wind turbine cancelled
    15. 15. Before the ODA even started to design the Olympic Park they made very clear rules aboutsustainability. They were launched in a meeting with the Prime Minister in January 2007, I was there.Examples are; buildings at least 15% better energy efficiency than the building regulations, 90% wastediverted from landfill, 25% secondary materials, 25% of the workforce local, 10% local and unemployedfor more than 6 months.The velodrome was £40M over budget and the designers wanted a relaxation of the sustainabilityrules. The ODA said no and forced them to innovate. This led to a much lighter cable net supportedroof, half the materials of the Beijing velodrome, less concrete in the ground to support the materialsetc. On budget, on time and the most sustainable building on the Park; 30% better energy efficiency,37% recycled content, natural light, natural ventilation, awesome!Set the rules, don’t compromise, drive your resources to innovate
    16. 16. Towards sustainable events Our vision London 2012 delivers the most sustainable Games to date in terms of delivery, visible achievement and long term influence on the event management industry
    17. 17. Achievements & challenges Zero waste to landfill Sustainable food Sustainable sourcing code Diversity & inclusion business charter Mobility services Energy conservation Logistics Materials Transport Sponsorship Ethical supply chains
    18. 18. Integrated energy strategy – 50% less carbon Efficiency Energy management There is an integrated energy strategy: •Design out consumption. Permanent buildings only if there was an identified legacy use. Otherwise buildings were temporary. All buildings required to deliver exemplary energy efficiency •Monitoring and targeting. This is an online tool from EDF that shows half hourly data for all venues. The energy team used data like this to drive down consumption but they started too late and could have done much more •Infrastructure. CHP and non-potable water infrastructure providing low carbon energy and water efficient solutions to the park. The whole system is designed for 5 times its current capacity to support growth of this new piece of city in legacy Infrastructure
    19. 19. Food, waste and recycling.Food vision: fresh, local,organic, sustainable.
    20. 20. Low carbon AND inspirational
    21. 21. Corporate event…?The picture on the left shows the Olympic Stadium and the funky recycled flooring on the main concourse. Both were supplied by DowChemical of the USA. We received a significant backlash from protestors who are convinced that Dow are responsible for the Bhopaldisaster and for under-compensating the victims. Dow deny this. I received personal threats, my staff had abusive calls and one of mycommissioners resigned over this. This is heavy shit!The picture on the right is the London 2012 megastore where you can find every type of useless tat with a London 2012 logo on it. DespiteLOCOG’s efforts to follow best practice (describe if sufficient time) the Playfair Alliance put undercover workers into 2 factories in Chinaand found breaches of all ten principles of the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code.The IOC and other major governing bodies (e.g. FIFA, UEFA etc.) have a responsibility to deal with this issue instead of just going fromevent to event and taking the money. This is a serious issue that one organising committee is powerless to resolve alone.
    22. 22. Towards sustainable communities Our vision London 2012 delivers a programme of work that inspires healthy living, environmental, social and economic sustainability before, during and after the Games
    23. 23. Will there be a legacy?
    24. 24. Making a difference Our vision UK achieves a step change in sustainability as a result of the legacy of knowledge from London 2012 and supports greater exports of sustainability technology and green jobs
    25. 25. An example of legacy www.supplychainschool.co.uk
    26. 26. Critical success factors
    27. 27. The shower and the glory?So, is the Velodrome my favouritebuilding? No.This unsung hero is the membranebio-reactor. The Olympic Park hasone of London’s main sewersrunning alongside it, anybodywalking from the Games to WestHam station may have got a whiffof it. This wonderful buildingcontains a machine that takessewage from the pipe and usesbacteria to turn poo into freshwater.The fresh water is used for irrigation but is also used as feedstock for the district heating system which in turn is heated from waste heatfrom electricity generation in the combined heat and power plant on the park. The homes in the Olympic village have no boilers, they aresupplied by this system which provides a source of cheap and sustainable heating and hot water 24 hours per day.If you are a Londoner you can just imagine that your poo could have contributed in a small way to Usain Bolt’s hot shower.
    28. 28. Sustainable…? “ We want our One Planet Olympics to be the most complete and sophisticated expression of sustainable development ever delivered on a city-wide scale. We want it to benefit not just London and the UK, but to be a credit to the Olympic Movement as a whole.” Lord Coe, Environment Forum, 7 March 2005
    29. 29. “We have always maintained that, taken in isolation, delivering and Olympic and Paralympic Games is an inherently un- sustainable thing to do. We therefore cannot call the programme truly sustainable unless the inspirational power of the Games can be used to make a tangible, far reaching difference” • CSL annual review 2010We believe that we can only call our Games sustainable if we can inspire a generation to more sustainable behaviour. I hope I have inspired you a little today.
    30. 30. We believe that we can only call our Games sustainable ifwe can inspire a generation to more sustainable behaviour.I hope I have inspired you a little today.
    31. 31. www.cslondon.orgShaun McCarthyshaun.mccarthy@cslondon.org Thank you020 7593 8664

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