London 2012 – ExCeL London

The London XXX Olympiad will be hosting the most sustainable Olympic Games to date.  There are many new structures that will be erected to house the games, as well as the infrastructure that goes along with them.

There are many ‘green’ features that are being implemented including recycled materials, water efficiency, rainwater harvesting, natural lighting and many more.

We would also like to take a look at the largest competition venue at the London 2012 Games, which happens to be an existing building.  This is a structure that is experienced at staging major events, and is sited perfectly to host the biggest cluster of Olympic and Paralympic events outside of the Olympic Park.

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This venue will be the host to 7 Olympic and 6 Paralympic events in 2012.  That equates to 80 Olympic and 74 Paralympic medals.  The 7 Olympic events that will be taking place are:


  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Judo
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Weight-lifting
  • Table Tennis
  • Fencing
London Olympics: Judo – London 2012 from

The 6 Paralympic events are:

  • Boccia
  • Table Tennis
  • Judo
  • Power Lifting
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Sitting Volleyball
Great Britain’s Leading Paralympians from Channel 4 London

The structure that we are describing is the ExCeL London. This exhibition and conference center required no construction for the five arenas for London 2012. This type of adaptability is great for an exhibition hall.

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ExCeL London also implements Sustainable Polices and updates them regularly.  They recycle 80% of waste on average, this waste is sorted onsite, and travels only five miles to be recycled and processed.

In a recent case study, event waste taken to a landfill was only 7% of total waste.  The remainder was recycled directly, recycled as fuel, or further processed to be recycled.  ExCel has also operated the UK’s largest commercial wormery, which it uses to recycle food waste, which converts to nutrient rich soil.

Many of their exhibition stands provide fair trade food and beverages.  All coffee and tea sold is rainforest alliance certified.

Local sourcing is also used as a sustainable measure.  A majority of the kitchen suppliers of fish, butchers, bakery, fruits and vegetables come from Suffolk, most of which was less than 20 miles away.

Over the last 4 years ExCeL has reduced its electricity consumption by 28% and gas consumption by 65%. This represents a 61% reduction in energy related carbon footprint and a 65% reduction in carbon emissions.

Since that time ExCeL has continued to work on energy saving measures. For example in December 2010, 186 new LED lights were fitted in the boulevard each reducing energy consumption by 70% in the lighting.

The new extension to the venue opened in May 2010 and as part of the building, introduced more natural daylight, which has reduced the use of energy for lighting.


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