With the 2014 Commonwealth Games well underway in Glasgow, we are taking a look at just how green the friendly games have been so far.
Scotland has made a big commitment to making the games sustainable and to leave a lasting green legacy.
To start with, Glasgow received its certificate for achieving 20121 – the internationally recognised standard of sustainable event management – awarded to the city last month in June.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow was amongst the first venues to sign up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Pledge, a clear statement from the games organisers that energy efficiency is something they want to take seriously not just during the games, but also in the foreseeable future. Beginning back in April, the pledge challenges organisers to enact between three and six sustainability actions within the next 12 months. Fans of judo and wrestling who were lucky enough to have got their hands on tickets will be spending time within the venue, which is also the largest precinct for the games.
A fun fact for the games to promote is the use of recycled food waste being used in the construction of some of the sporting arenas. Food and garden waste has been collected from households all over Scotland and recycled for use.
Within the athlete’s village, 700 of the homes have been fitted with solar PV panels, with organisers predicting the village houses will produce 60% less carbon than the average home.
Another clever sustainable move was made by the Commonwealth Games organisers in using up to 260,000 items of furniture, fittings and bracings from the 2012 London Games. Not just a clever move in terms of being green conscious but also in the current climate a good showing of unity for a great cause.
(Source for information: http://www.edie.net/news/5/How-green-is-Glasgow–10-sustainability-facts-about-the-2014-Commonwealth-Games/ )