SCI-Network - Sustainable Construction @ Innovation through Procurement

SCI Network - SCI-Network - Sustainable Construction @ Innovation through Procurement

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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