Should we expect London to host a more sustainable Olympic Games by 2036?

Should we expect London to host a more sustainable Olympic Games by 2036?

London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan has pledged to explore the possibility of bidding for the Olympic Games, held in either 2036 or 2040, if he is to return to office after coming elections later this week.


The Labour candidate, who has been the Mayor of London since his election in 2016, announced a plan to boost sustainability by recycling existing sporting facilities. This has the potential to work towards making their city the first in recent history to host four summer games. If they are successful, this could be a huge boon for sustainability and economic development across Britain’s capital. But that is not all he has in store,


Shaun Bailey, a Conservative candidate for mayor of London, also suggested that the UK should step up in order to host the 2036 Olympic Games if it is cancelled due to Coronavirus. However, there are doubts as to whether the Tokyo Olympics were postponed this summer, with no official word on whether spectators will be allowed to attend games yet.


The last time that London hosted an international sports event was in 2012, where they were awarded with hosting rights once again during this year’s summer games. Mayor Kahn promises a new bid around creating what he hopes is “the most sustainable Olympic Games ever”. Still, any bid for the Olympics to return to London after already having hosted in both 1908, 1948 and again in 2012, has the potential to face rough competition from other cities, and would require a full Government backing to stand a chance at success. 


The independent Commission for a Sustainable London (2012) said recycling and regeneration had been an impressive success. But it urged future Olympic Games host cities to do more in the name of sustainability so that they can avoid repeating past mistakes, spurred by this recent commission’s findings.


The report (you can access here) notes how “the number of new public bins rose from 1,000 before the games to 9,500,” suggesting one area where improvements could be made is waste management – potentially offsetting some costs incurred during construction process with savings on garbage removal post-Olympics conclude.” The chairman also mentioned other areas such as transportation (less reliance on cars), which would allow people access closer parking spaces without having to drive long distances through traffic jams or pay high rates at nearby lots.


Today, it seems that The London Olympics are ready and almost set to be the sustainable event that we are all hoping for, with Kahn being quoted across multiple sources to have said, “I’ll work with leading figures from sport, government and business.” in order to make this happen.