The London 2012 Olympic are the greenest ever

As reported by the BBC, The Independent Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has announced that London 2012 has been the greenest Olympics ever.

The commission said that the recycling programmes and regeneration had been a success.

Sustainability was at the heart of London’s bid for the Olympics and the commission said organisers had largely succeeded in achieving it.  For example, the venues were told to be made of at least a quarter recycled materials which included using disused gas pipes in the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Park was also praised for regenerating a derelict area and benefiting wildlife

However the commission said much more could be done to minimise the impact of future Olympic Games on people and the planet.

 

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Welsh Water invest £1bn in renewable energy projects

The Guardian has reported that Welsh Water  has announced it will be spending £1billion on infrastructure projects in Herefordshire, Wales and Deeside over the next three years.

Welsh Water which is owned by not for profit Glas Cymru is upgrading its treatment works, rebuilding 22 of them, maintaining its networks of water mains and sewers and importantly investing more money into renewable energy projects.

The company, which has 2,000 employees, says its investment means jobs for a further 1,500 people.

The chairman of Welsh Water Bob Ayling said: “Our ambition is to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers supplying drinking water of the highest quality and safeguarding the environment that we look after on behalf of the communities we serve.

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Worlds first tidal turbine proves a success in Scottish waters

ITV News reported that a tidal turbine being tested for use in the world’s first tidal turbine array in Islay on the West coast of Scotland has proved a success.

The subsea turbine is weighed down on the seabed 50 metres below the surface of a stretch of water called the Fall of Warness. It has some of the strongest tides in the world with an Atlantic swell colliding with the North Sea. Tides in the area can reach up to 8 knots in Spring tides.

Scottish Power Renewables fitted their turbine at the end of last year and it has already been hooked up to the grid and is powering the Orkney Island of Eday.  Scottish Power Renewables plans to start development on the ten turbines they plan to install in the Sound of Islay.

That project will be the first of its kind in the world and will provide enough energy to supply Islay’s 3500 homes and distilleries.

SPR chief executive Keith Anderson said “Scotland has the best tidal power resources in Europe, and that’s why we are seeing world leading technologies tested here.”

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