19 February 2009
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is making good progress on targets to introduce sustainable procurement, according to an independent review.
However, the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (CSL) said it had "significant concerns" that requirements for venues to meet the "excellent" environmental standard were not being delivered in contracts.
Shaun McCarthy, chair of the CSL, said he was impressed by the authority's work. "The ODA is setting high standards of sustainable design and has a process to deliver them. In the current economic climate, we recognise the pressures that make it challenging to achieve high standards and targets."
The London 2012 sustainability plan stated that all permanent venues for the games would achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method rating of "excellent", but the current contract for the aquatic centre only requires a "very good" rating.
The CSL is recommending the need for an "excellent" rating be specified in all contracts for permanent venues, even if this means inserting them after deals have been signed.
"What I don't want in 2011 is headlines the venues have been audited and are not 'excellent' as promised - especially if we can't go back to the contract and [find] it wasn't required, " said McCarthy. "It's important enough to be fixed now."
The CSL supports supplier promises to go further than specified in a tender. A supplier of aggregates, for example, offered to transport 99 per cent of material by rail or water, compared to the 50 per cent required.
The ODA has also completed, or made progress on, all the recommendations made in CSL's previous review in November 2007.