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Glasgow 2014 adopts smarter solutions for hosting Games

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A key member of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee will highlight the important role sustainability is playing in the staging of the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted at an event in London this week.

Gareth Talbot, Glasgow 2014's Environment and Sustainability Manager, will be part of a panel that will discuss sustainability in practice at sports events at the Crystal – a new £30m centre for urban sustainability – in London’s Royal Victoria Dock.

The one-day Sustainable Events Summit takes place on Thursday, 24 January and aims to support a community which inspires the continuous development of a global sustainable event industry.

Gareth will highlight what Glasgow 2014 has achieved so far in staging a sustainable Games.

The Organising Committee recently shipped 260,000 items of Furniture, Fittings and Equipment (FF&E) from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Scotland for use in the Athletes Village and beyond during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow 2014 compared sea, rail and road transportation to estimate CO2 emission for the delivery of the goods prior to dispatch to reduce their carbon footprint. The CO2 emission assessment results showed that travelling by sea was nearly three times more environmentally friendly than by rail and six times more eco-friendly than road transportation.

Other measures Gareth will discuss are:

• The aim to achieve value for money in the sourcing of products and services while staying true to the environmental values of the Games.

• Working closely with the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland to run the Games on the principles of Zero Waste, which are ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’.

• Glasgow 2014’s Games Food Charter which guides suppliers and encourages them to consider where food and drink consumed during the Games comes from and how it is produced.

The panel will also include the Head of Sustainability for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, David Stubbs.

Glasgow 2014 Environment and Sustainability Manager, Gareth Talbot said:

“Glasgow 2014 already has a great sustainability story to tell. The Games will mostly take place in venues that already exist and around 70% of the venues are here right now – like Hampden Park, Celtic Park, Ibrox and the Scottish Exhibition Centre complex.

“Rather than go to the expense of building a new stadium to host our athletics competition for example, we will be temporarily transforming Hampden - Scotland’s National Football Stadium - into an elite track & field venue using an innovative and sustainable solution.

“And it’s not just large venues where we are delivering sustainable results. We’ve taken delivery of over 260,000 items of furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E) from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that we plan to reuse in the Athletes Village and beyond. 

“By reusing what we’ve got and thinking about smarter solutions, the Games is already off to a flying start and that’s a lesson we are happy to share at events like this.”

Note to Editors

1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2. Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, Ernst & Young, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group and RGS.

3. The FF&E CO2 emissions estimations are as follows; Travelling by sea was 41.77 tonnes while travelling by road was 250.34 tonnes and by rail was 115.20 tonnes.