Can Britain fulfill its pledge to make the 2012 Olympics the greenest and most sustainable games yet?
July 21, 2011:
When the announcement was made for London to host the 2012 Olympic Games, it was an immense victory for Britain.Â It also meant the organisers would face a number of challenges to make London 2012 the greenest and most sustainable games to date.Â Discovery Channelâs exclusive programme GOING FOR GREEN â BRITAINâS 2012 DREAM spotlightsBritainâs preparations for the worldâs biggest sporting event â the 2012 Olympics.
GOING FOR GREEN: BRITAINâS 2012 DREAM premieres on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
London had swayed the International Olympic Committeeâs decision in its favour with a radical proposal â to hold the worldâs first sustainable Olympic Games, leaving a legacy far beyond the departure of the Olympic torch. With an estimated budget of ÂŁ8 billion, the planning of London 2012âs green Olympic dreams involves creation of parklands, world class stadiums - a gigantic construction project that will not damage the environment, but will enhance it.
Commenting on the programme, Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager - India, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, âAfter providing viewers with a 360 degree view of the 2008 China Olympics, Discovery Channel will be incorporating unprecedented footage and unparalleled access to provide a glimpse into the extensive transformation of London for the 2012 Olympics, which includes some of the most fascinating creations ever made. Discovery Channel is proud is present the fascinating view of the mega eventâs preparation.â
Discovery Channelâs programme GOING FOR GREEN: BRITAINâS 2012 DREAM provides a detailed view of the challenges faced by the city of London and the administration in building and maintaining infrastructure to support the mega-sporting event. The programme explores the cutting edge technologies used to tackle various biodiversity problems that arise on the way to accomplishing their objectives. It also reveals a variety of obstacles faced in order to bring alive the UKâs biggest and most audacious constructions projects which range from turning semi-derelict wasteland into prime Olympic real estate, removing more than 220 buildings and saving 90% of the materials for later re-use on the site, the clearance of 2 million square meters of land, cutting down more than 50 electricity pylons and burying all the power lines deep underground in two colossal, 6 kilometer-long tunnels.
In the past, the Olympics have left a glut of stadia too big for use after the Olympic crowds have dissipated. The programme follows the architects and engineers who have set a revolutionary brief - they must embrace the temporary and build the first world-class stadium that can be partly disassembled, enabling 55,000 seats to be shipped to the next host city to be reused. GOING FOR GREEN: BRITAINâS 2012 DREAM explores how landscape planners are tackling biodiversity problems by designing over 100 hectares of specialist habitats and in the process mitigate Londonâs flood risk. The show features experts from various fields whoare collaborating to make the games a huge success and showing the way to a better, greener world.
Hear from the people behind the scenes and share their excitement, sense of responsibility, pride and dreams as they each work towards the common goal of making this the most successful and sustainable Olympic Games ever.
Some of the landmark projects include: