13 April 2011 | Lindsay Clark
The organiser of London 2012 operations to
support events happening outside of the main Olympic sites has been urged to
improve its sustainable procurement standards.
A report by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 has criticised City Operations, which is run by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to manage
crowd safety, live screens and other support for competitions such as the
marathon and open water swimming.
City Operations urgently needs to show it can
meet sustainability standards set by the LondonOrganising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog), the report said. “If it is not practicable to meet
specific targets this should be clearly justified and an alternative, suitably
challenging target should be set,” it added.
The Commission said it had received little
reassurance that City Operations was complying with Locog’s requirements such
as sustainable sourcing and diversity and inclusion targets in light of its
imminent procurement programme. “While we are informed that all procurement has
followed Greater London Authority Responsible Procurement Guidance, this will
not ensure that the relevant London 2012 sustainability standards are built
into the specifications,” the report said.
Shaun McCarthy, chairman of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, told SM that he was however
encouraged that City Operations was starting to “mobilise” sustainability in signing up to a British Standard for it (BS8901).
“My big concern is that they have already let
the contract for the operator of the live sites and as we all know in
procurement, if you start to add in things, contractually, afterwards, that’s
when it starts to get expensive and contractually difficult,” he said.
The GLA has said it would be inappropriate to
sign up to some Locog sustainability standards because it does not control all
activities, such as waste disposal. It has, however, employed an officer to
oversee sustainability of the City Operations.
Elsewhere in its report, the Commission
praised Locog’s catering contracts. “It is clear that Locog is setting new
standards in its procurement of catering and that this is having an impact on
the industry. Rigorous contract management will be necessary to ensure this
early promise is fulfilled,” it said.
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