London 2012 Games were 'most sustainable ever'

New data has found that the London Olympic and Paralympic Games were the most sustainable Games to date.

The report, conducted by The Commission for a Sustainable London, found that the Games were successful in implementing a number of sustainable schemes – such as no waste going to landfill and a 70 per cent recycling rate.

Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London, told “I have no hesitation in confirming that London 2012 has delivered the most sustainable Games ever, and we congratulate the delivery bodies and all those who contributed to this excellent achievement.”

Mr McCarthy called on organisers of other UK events and those around the world to take inspiration from the Games to implement more sustainable measures when planning and conducting events.

As well as sustainability, this year’s Olympic Games also was found to boost the UK’s reputation abroad, leading ministers to claim that the event could bring £13 billion worth of overseas investment to the UK over the coming years, according to

This could lead to an increase for event spaces in the capital for more business functions, such as meetings and conferences.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said as well as athletes showing themselves to be “world-class” during the 2012 Olympics, British businesses showcased what they had to offer and are now reaping the benefits.