London 2012 organisers have been left with red faces over their green promises, coming under fire from the watchdog that monitors their sustainability claims after admitting defeat in a bid to make their Olympic flame the first low carbon version.
Unveiling the design of the Olympic torch to be carried by 8,000 runners, London 2012 chairman, Lord Coe, admitted that the sponsor EDF had failed to come up with a workable low-carbon solution for the flame that will travel the country from May and light the Olympic cauldron on July 27.
\”In simple terms, we didn\’t quite get there,\” he said. \”It\’s not work that is wasted, it will be transferable for future thinking about Rio and Sochi. We just ran of time and we tried very hard to do it.\” Instead, the torch will use a \”tried and tested formula\” of butane and propane.
In November 2007, amid a welter of other legacy promises attached to the Games, EDF promised to develop the first low-carbon torch as a symbol of its commitment to green energy. A spokesman for the French energy company vowed at the time: \”It\’s early days but it will happen.\”
Those who do worry about climate change are worrying that climate chaneg is going to make the planet near uninhabitable for both ourselves and myriads of other species.
And they spend years worrying about the emissions for a few weeks from what is essentially an overgrown cigarette lighter?
Emissions that are almost certainly less than those from just one flight bringing the IOC panjandrums into London for their sports days?
These people truly are insane.