London Olympic Organising Committee, UK
The bid for the London Olympics made a commitment to host the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and paralympic Games. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) have identified the most effective way to support this commitment was to embed sustainability within the procurement process from the start. The LOCOG ‘Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the provision of goods and services’ sets out a clear vision and objectives for suppliers: ‘LOCOG will place a high priority on environmental, social and ethical issues when procuring the goods and services needed for the Games’ and refers them to the Sustainable Sourcing Code for guidance.
In terms of construction LOCOG procurement focuses on temporary structures and ‘overlay’ for venues to make them Games-ready. Examples of sustainability requirements include sourcing of materials, timber and timber products in line with LOCOG policies and compliance with labour practices, diversity and inclusion requirements. For example all timber and timber products must be from a known origin with credible evidence of legal harvesting and FSC or PEFC certification. Targets have also been set to ensure 20% of materials purchased by LOCOG for venues, by value, are from recycled or secondary sources. Additionally there is a target for 90% of materials, by weight, arising from installation and deconstruction of temporary structures and overlay to be reused or recycled.
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