London Olympics Fail to Reach Renewable Energy Target

As far as renewable energy goes, the London Olympics, which will take place next year, is already a loser.

According to a BBC report, the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 said only the original 20% target will not be met as only 9% of the carbon-reduction measures in place will come from clean power.

Overall, carbon emissions are likely to be reduced by 50%, the watchdog said.

The main reason for the renewable energy targets not to be met was the scraping of plans to set up a wind turbine at the Olympic Park last year, due to safety reasons.

To make up for it and reduce emissions the Olympics organizers are investing in measures such as insulation and draft-proofing in local houses and schools.

Green Party member Darren Johnson lamented the figure and said it “makes mockery of the idea of a green Olympics”.

It really is a shame, considering the marketing renewable energy would get during the world-class event.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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