The 20th Commonwealth Games has thousands of athletes competing in more than 250 events. The games have also tried to develop a legacy for the city of Glasgow – and here are some of their commitments to sustainability.
1) Glasgow 2014 has achieved ISO 20121, the international standard for sustainable event management.
2) The Commonwealth Games SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) venue in Glasgow was the first venue to sign up to Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Resource Efficiency Pledge’
3) Recycled food waste has been used to construct Commonwealth Games venues. Food and garden waste has been collected from households throughout Scotland, recycled at GP Plantscape’s In-Vessel Composting facility, and used grow turf at the Athletes’ Village and at some of the sporting arenas.
4) The Glasgow 2014 organising committee is reusing 260,000 items of furniture, fittings and equipment from the London 2012 Olympics. The items were transported to Scotland for use in the Athletes’ Village. The carbon footprint for the journey by sea was estimated at 41.77 tonnes of CO2.
5) The carbon footprint of travelling to the events is being cut, as public transport is being provided free of charge to all ticket holders on the day of the event and to the entire workforce for the Games.