Sustainability of the Olympic Park

Facts and figures for the sustainability of the 2012 Olympic Park

The following are facts and figures for the sustainability of the Olympic Park in London.


Waterway clean up
  • 98% of construction waste diverted from landfill and reused or recycled instead
  • Nearly 2 million tonnes of contaminated soil was cleaned for reuse on the Olympic Park in the UK's largest soil-washing operation
  • 63% of materials delivered to the Olympic Park site by weight by rail or water. 4 million tonnes of goods will have been moved by rail by the start of the Games, saving 120,000 tonnes of CO2 from an equivalent delivery operation by lorry
  • 4,000 smooth newts, 100 toads and 300 common lizards relocated off the park, as well as fish including pike and eels. Over 1 hectare of new wildlife habitat was created on Hackney Marsh to accommodate these
  • Over 4,000 trees, 74.000 plants, 60,000 bulbs and 240,000 wetland plants will be planted to create a new open green space for London, one of the largest planting projects ever undertaken in the UK
  • Park and venues feature 45 hectares of wildlife habitats - including reedbeds, grasslands, woodlands, 525 bird boxes, 150 bat boxes and artificial otter holts
  • Olympic Park sports venues will use 56% less drinking water than equivalent buildings - through features such as low flow water fixtures and toilets and the use of reclaimed water
  • New energy infrastructure will help achieve 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from permanent buildings on the site
  • The Olympic Village will achieve 44% reduction in carbon emissions and 30% reduction in water use - meeting Government's 'Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four'
Olympic park wetland
Photovoltaic cells