Friday, February 19, 2010

Environment Code for CW Games

To ensure that the Commonwealth Games does not leave behind carbon footprints, the Delhi government has released an ‘environment code’.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said initiatives such as plantation of saplings, waste management and energy efficiency were being taken to mitigate carbon footprints of the event.

The ‘Delhi Ecological Code’ aims at making the Games the first carbon consumption-neutral sporting event. Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor, who is also chairman of the sub-committee on Green Games, hoped the environment-friendly measures would ‘‘leave a lasting legacy’’. ‘‘We must take the opportunity to create awareness for sustainable development,’’ he said.

On the ecological code, chairman of the Organizing Committee (OC) Suresh Kalmadi said the Games will be the ‘‘first carbon consumption-neutral Games’’ in the history of sporting events. Asked about the amount of carbon footprint to be generated by the event, an OC official said it will be over 1, 50,000 tonnes.

Satindra Bindra of UN Environment Programme, which will provide the OC with technical advice on implementation of the code, lauded the Delhi government for creating a benchmark in using green technologies in construction of the Thyagraj stadium.

‘‘Thyagraj stadium will set a global benchmark,’’ said Bindra. The UNEP will also put in place a mechanism to measure the carbon footprint generated by the event.

On the efforts being taken by the government to make the Games a green event, Dikshit said: ‘‘Our efforts include waste management, energy efficiency, water management, eco friendly transport, green procurement and many other initiatives.’’ Noting that the green cover in the national capital was increasing, she said over five lakh potted plants will be used during the event.

She said a plan was being finalized to convert wastes into gas, along with two gas based plants in Ghazipur and Wazirpur which will generate power from wastes.


Forest plantation

Thyagaraj Stadium as model green sporting venue

NDMC’s Commonwealth garden at Africa Avenue

Multiple sensitization and communication campaigns such as cleaner Delhi and energy conservation drives, Water Day celebration, and sustainable transport promotion campaign