Olympics site fails to hit renewables target

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has failed to achieve one of its sustainability targets because of technical issues. The ODA was meant to have 20% of the Olympic Park’s energy […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has failed to achieve one of its sustainability targets because of technical issues. The ODA was meant to have 20% of the Olympic Park’s energy sourced from renewable energy from 2014 but it only managed 9%.

Speaking at The Energy Event in Birmingham’s NEC today, Richard Jackson, who was responsible for the ODA’s sustainable development and regeneration, said the main reason for missing the target was down to technical problems. Icy conditions during the winter troubled one turbine and another suffered a failure, while one couldn’t even be delivered.

Now the ODA hopes a new Energy Centre on the Olympic Park site will bump up their amount of renewable energy to meet most of their 20% target.

Mr Jackson added that most of the other targets had been hit or eclipsed, including their 40% reduction in water use, which has been overachieved by 15%.