Olympics sustainable lessons

Researchers will use the lessons of the London Olympics to identify future issues in sustainable living. Using events such as the Olympics, large scale impacts of new technologies can be […]

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By Tom Gibson

Researchers will use the lessons of the London Olympics to identify future issues in sustainable living. Using events such as the Olympics, large scale impacts of new technologies can be identified.

With less than six months to go until the Games kick off, energy firm GE say the lessons are already being learnt, as the key challenges in areas such as transportation, energy and infrastructure are having to be thought about differently.

Mark Elborne, CEO and President of GE UK said: “By providing a highly concentrated environment – a microcosm of our cities and communities – it allows us to test technology such as smart meters, clean energy and electric vehicles. The Games also helps us understand the difficulties in deploying such technology and helps inform how we might approach such challenges on a wider scale.”

According to a GE survey, one in three people surveyed in the UK say the focus on creating a sustainable Olympics has motivated them to consider the greenness of their own behaviour.