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Sustainability at the Commonwealth Games

June 4, 2014

The vision for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games is to set a high benchmark regarding sustainability. To achieve this, the organisers created an Environmental and Sustainability Policy outlining three key focus areas: waste, materials and transport. In line with the new waste regulations the games are aiming to divert 80% waste from landfill by minimising packaging waste and reusing, recycling and recovering materials. Suppliers of the games are to sustainably source raw materials, provide ethically sourced products and minimise use of water and pesticides.

Supplying sustainably sourced food to athletes and spectators is a major challenge of the games. A requirement of suppliers is to avoid selling endangered or threatened products identified in the International Union for Conservation for Nature and Red List of Threatened Species. The games are promoting sustainably and locally sourced food, with a particular emphasis on fish products. The overall aim of this is to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation of food to the games, whilst contributing to protecting endangered species.

Commonwealth games cyclistTo reduce the environmental impact of transport at the games, a Transport Strategic Plan has been developed outlining the following measures: use of low emission fleets, creation of low emission zones around the athlete’s village and venues and promotion of public and active transport for spectators by discouraging the use of cars by reducing the availability of parking facilities.

Energy efficiency has been addressed by installing a combined heat and power generator, thermal store and improving insulation in the athlete’s village helping to reduce waste and lower CO2 emissions by 60%. The 2014 Commonwealth Games sustainability strategy will demonstrate their compliance to environmental legislation and desire to achieve environmental accreditation. This will also encourage other businesses to do the same.