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Athletes' footprints make the hunt for green medals a daunting challenge


Study assessing how sporting federations can lower the huge ecological impacts of elite athletes has pertinent lessons for businesses

18 Feb 2014

Dow promises to offset travel for Sochi Winter Olympics

Countdown to Sochi 2014

Winter Olympics seeks to make travel to and from Games 'carbon neutral' through investment in a portfolio of emission reduction projects

01 Nov 2013

Brazilian Olympic squad gets tips from Carbon Trust

Jessica Ennis

Delegation set to travel to London to find out how UK prepared for huge surges in power demand

01 Aug 2013

Olympic Delivery Authority shows how green teamwork is key to success

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Sustainability Team of the Year reveals how embedding sustainability targets into contracts helped deliver green Olympic success

15 Jul 2013

London 2012 says farewell with final green report

Evaluation shows Olympic Games avoided 400 kilotons of CO2 and achieved zero waste to landfill

12 Dec 2012

Interview: The Olympics will always lead the race to be greener

As London 2012's sustainability team issues its final report, David Stubbs talks to BusinessGreen about the green successes from this year's Games

12 Dec 2012

London Olympics celebrates carbon savings record

New report says London 2012 was greenest ever, but highlights key failings

15 Nov 2012

In the Green Room with Coca Cola's Katherine Symonds

The woman in charge of cutting Coke's environmental impact during the Olympic Games explains her passion for solar-powered jet packs and Radio 4 presenters

08 Oct 2012

Coca-Cola urges government to deliver national standard for recycling bins

Drinks giant's Olympics' experience reveals clearer communications and standardised collection points can help boost recycling rates

04 Oct 2012

UK throwing out £25m a year by sending clothes to landfill

New WRAP research calls for drastic increase in textile recycling, as UNITE donates 7,000 Olympic wares to charity

13 Sep 2012

EDF claims delayed Olympic biofuel could still leave a lasting legacy

Utility hopes Rio 2016 Olympic Games will use its new elephant grass biofuel for torch and cauldron, despite missing 2012 deadline

15 Aug 2012

Nike and Adidas race to develop greener sportswear technology

Kenyan marathon runner Abel Kirui won silver dressed in recycled plastic bottles, as Adidas unveils DryDye partnership

14 Aug 2012

London 2012 - False start or head start for green business?

Shaun McCarthy looks back over a fortnight of sporting glory to evaluate how sustainable the Olympic Games really was

13 Aug 2012

Some green thoughts on the Olympics

The venues’ green credentials have been impressive, but the real environmental legacy of London 2012 is found in the unerring commitment the Games require

10 Aug 2012

BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2012: Balfour Beatty puts building blocks in place for greener construction

Sustainability team of the year reveals plans to build on green Olympics success by becoming a major player in delivering the Green Deal

07 Aug 2012

Closed Loop Recycling's Olympic legacy leads green job creation push

Dagenham-based plastic recycling plant heads flurry of green investment announcements as Air Products starts work on 50MW green gas facility in Tees Valley

06 Aug 2012

What Twenty Twelve can teach sustainability professionals

Ask yourself what would Kay Hope do, and then do the precise opposite

01 Aug 2012

Green watchdog hails low-carbon Olympic cauldron

Organisers failed to use biogas to fuel Olympic flame, but efficient design meant giant steel cauldron weighed just 16 tonnes

31 Jul 2012

Olympic Park erects wind turbines after all

Seven Quiet Revolution vertical axis wind turbines deployed to provide renewable energy to Olympic Park’s lighting infrastructure

31 Jul 2012

Top 10 green Olympic facts

As London prepares to fire the starting gun on the 2012 Olympic Games, BusinessGreen runs down the event's top sustainable achievements

27 Jul 2012

Games Lanes become hydrogen highways with new fuel cell taxis

VIPs to be treated to five new hydrogen-powered, zero-emission black cabs

23 Jul 2012

WWF awards London 2012 bronze medal for sustainability efforts

New report from WWF and BioRegional hails greenest Games yet, but warns of failures in major areas

20 Jul 2012

EDF fires starting pistol on smart metered Olympics

Real-time monitoring technology to track and publicly report on energy use at Olympic venues

19 Jul 2012

Recyclebank launches green travel summer giveaway

Pledge to change your travel plans during the Olympics and you could receive free reward points

13 Jul 2012

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