The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced that plans to build a wind turbine in the east London Olympic park have been scrapped. The “Angel of Leyton” was being heralded as a green beacon and landmark for the games. It was expected to have delivered up to 20% of the park’s energy needs from renewable sources after 2014.
The Chief Executive of the ODA, David Higgins, claims that the Olympic Park developers remain “committed to meeting the challenging renewable energy targets” that have been set. Higgins has said:
Our focus is now on researching a number of alternative renewable energy options across the Olympic Park site to help contribute to these targets and complement the other state-of-the art new energy infrastructure we are building.
With only two years until the Olympics start it is shortsighted and counter-productive to scrap a major green landmark and energy hub.