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2012 Sustainability

On yer hired bike for the Olympics

The sustainable transport charity Sustrans has criticised the focus on cycle hire rather than extending cycle use in Mayor Johnson's plans to expand his London bike hire scheme. "Plans to boost cycling in 13 outer boroughs appear to have been put to one side in favour of the high-profile and city centre cycle hire," a spokesman for the charity said.


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Making noises on that coiltrumpet

On the Newsgroup Charlie points out it's last chance to object to the Planning Application (application ref 10/90250/FULODA ) for the 'Snorbit'


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The 'right' kind of legacy

...it is sobering to recall that one of the original planning conditions for the Olympic Park was that ground should not be broken until legacy uses had been agreed. Subsequent changes to the Games planning application mean that the condition no longer applies, but it shows how far the original vision of an Olympics development built to fit in with the legacy plan, rather than vice-versa, has slipped.


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Unpaid McJobs Available in the Olympics

Olympics McJobs: photo: fakelvis  on Flickrphoto: fakelvis on Flickr


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McVolunteering?

Kevin Blowe on the demise of the Food Standards Agency and the announcement that


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Power-hungry Olympic wind park a triumph of spin over substance

by Paul Charman

A scheme for a £300,000 array of pimped-up wind turbines, claimed to add 'architectural interest' to the Olympic Park, will require more power to run than it generates according to the results of an independent trial. And that's without the fancy lighting.

Each wind turbine appears to consume around 250 watts at average wind speeds in the area, sufficient to power a couple of computers, and with a carbon footprint of around 150g/hour of CO2.

The floodlit array of seven 7-metre high vertical turbines, to be mounted on top of 25m lighting poles, are to be be decorated with arrays of coloured LEDs to grab the attention of visitors.

In an admission of their practical uselessness the Olympic Delivery Authority have admitted their function is mainly decorative. A spokesman said of the design by LDA Design - Hargreaves Associates “The turbines ... will be a prominent symbol to spectators of the sustainability principles behind the games.” This is an oxymoron if ever there was one, as there are few enterprises inherently less sustainable than the modern Olympics. Even Shaun McCarthy, Chair of pseudo-watchdog Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has said "Having an Olympics is an inherently unsustainable thing to do".

Details of the proposal were documented in an Environmental Impact Assessment 'Screening Opinion Request' submitted to the Olympic Delivery Authority's Planning Decisions Team. This is a preliminary planning application submitted by the ODA to itself to determine whether a full Impact Assessment is required under the EIA Regulations


Pimp that turbine!

Illustrations show the suggested model to be Quiet Revolution QR5, one of the models tested - and rejected as impractical - at the Elephant and Castle redevelopment scheme in South London.

As reported previously in the press, the EIA Screening report by consultants Atkins warns that the turbines are unlikely to turn at night (so at least won't create any noise nuisance). But the existence of an independent study demonstrating them to be completely useless as a power source in the conditions prevailing in the Olympic Park has been ignored.

Wind surveys commissioned by the ODA show the average wind speed in the Olympic Park area to be 4.8 meters per second, but the turbine manufacturers advise their installation only in areas with more than 5m/s. The Elephant and Castle study showed that the QR5 test installation was a net consumer of power with wind speeds less than 6.5m/s.


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Olympic wind turbine plans scrapped

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has scrapped plans for a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site.

The turbine had been proposed for Eton Manor in the north of the site as part of the ODA’s target to deliver 20% of the Olympic Park’s legacy energy requirements from renewable sources from 2014 onwards when the site is fully operational.


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