London Ditches Carbon Offsets for 2012 Olympics
Plan was part of bid to host games
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 1, 2011 3:58 PM CDT
An aerial photo of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.   (AP Photo/LOCOG, Anthony Charlton)

(Newser) – As part of London’s bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, organizers offered a plan to keep the Games green—but they’ve changed their minds. The committee will “no longer pursue formal offsetting procedures,” it said, dropping its pledge to balance carbon emissions from the Games with clean-energy investments in developing countries. Such offsetting would have “diverted” attention from Britain, says the Games’ sustainability chief. The decision also saves the organizing committee up to $4.4 million, Bloomberg reports.

“If you want to go down certified carbon-offsetting, all projects have to be overseas, so if we plant a lot of trees in Essex that just doesn’t count,” says the official. “Because the Games are in the UK, we wanted to maximize the Games locally.” A British Green Party rep wasn’t happy with the shift. “Obviously we want the Olympics to benefit London, but environmentally they should be a green Olympics to benefit the whole world as well.” The move comes amid reports of mounting costs, according to the Guardian.

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Sep 7, 2011 10:20 AM CDT
saving 4.4 Million for an Olympic games construction is a joke. that's a drop in the bucket!
Sep 1, 2011 4:27 PM CDT
Oh sheesh! In other news, the price of soy beans is up 1/2 cents.
Sep 1, 2011 4:02 PM CDT
"Such offsetting would have “diverted” attention from Britain," LOL...more like would DRAW world attention to their idiocy. If this was such a fine and successful idea for lesser venues and industry, then they should welcome the attention and showcase the cutting edge on the world stage for such a grand event like the Olympics. In fact this is like the retarded uncle they hide in the basement whenever presentable company shows up.