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Greening Our Games – UPS Launches London 2012 Hospitality Programme

There will be many ways in which the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games will stand out from those that have gone before it, but potentially the most significant will be its unprecedented focus on sustainability.

As Official Logistics and Express Delivery Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, UPS is working very closely with LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to ensure we play our part in achieving the goal of a sustainable Games.

At every stage of planning, we have been identifying the impact of our London 2012 operations on the climate and working hard to find the best methods of reducing this – watch this space for more information later this year!

However, we are not stopping at the operational aspect of the Games. We are looking at the entire end-to-end process and seeing where we can reduce our climate impact in all areas of our participation in the Games.

For example, the London 2012 Games offers a tremendous opportunity for us to share the incredible excitement of the Olympic experience with valued customers from around the world. However, in doing so, we feel it is also very important to recognise the climate impact associated with such a programme and to plan ahead to minimise the effect we leave behind in this regard.

As a result, we have been working with The Carbon Neutral Company (CNC) to produce a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions estimate for our hospitality programme, which will see guests arriving from around the world over the course of the London 2012 Games. We have looked at every detail of the programme – including travel, food and accommodation – and calculated the amount of greenhouse gases that will be generated in metric tonnes, using the CNC protocol.

I am now proud to announce that we are committed to mitigating 100% of this figure by working with the CNC to purchase equivalent carbon offsets that will be used to fund vital sustainability projects around the world, aiming to create a sustainable Olympic legacy that will benefit not just the UK, but also other countries around the globe.

UPS is the first London 2012 partner to make such a commitment.

There is a real buzz within LOCOG and among its partners about making London 2012 the most sustainable Games ever. For UPS, this is just one of a number of initiatives we are exploring to reduce the environmental impact of our role in the Games, so keep your eyes peeled for further announcements in the coming months.

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