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BP is committed to leaving a lasting legacy from the Games for years to come.

As a London 2012 partner, we are helping over 5,000 Games vehicles run smoothly with our advanced fuels, biofuels and engine oils. By offsetting the carbon footprint of Team GB, Team USA and millions of spectator journeys through BP Target Neutral, we’re helping ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games set new standards in sustainability.

We are supporting a diversity of outstanding individual athletes as they prepare to compete, while sharing the London 2012 experience with millions of  people through our forecourts. Meanwhile, our partnership with the Cultural Olympiad is bringing arts and culture to millions. And the Young Leaders Programme will transform the futures of 100 disadvantaged young adults.

Fuelling the Games

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London 2012 is an opportunity to show what can be possible in the world of lower-carbon mobility. During the Games, a fleet of more than 5,000 official vehicles will be in operation, moving the athletes and officials as well as food and supplies to and from the Olympic Village, the Olympic Park and other venues across London and beyond.

As the Official Oil and Gas Partner, BP is providing the fuels and engine oils for these vehicles. We’re committed to making sure that fuelling the Games does not mean adding to its carbon footprint. To achieve this we’ll use a mix of lower-carbon technologies that everyone can use today or in the near future. More.

Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival


If you live in the UK, get ready for the London 2012 Festival, a fitting finale to the Cultural Olympiad.

It will feature 12 weeks of extraordinary cultural events from leading artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers from around the world. From 21 June, over 7 million people across the UK will have the chance to enjoy free events. BP is proud to be a Premier Partner of both the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival, celebrating culture across the UK. More.

In classrooms and communities

Leaving a legacy for London 2012 is also about working in classrooms and communities to educate and inspire young people across the UK.

The Young Leaders Programme, supported by BP, is giving a group of disadvantaged young people the chance to make a positive change to their lives. BP has also developed a comprehensive and exciting educational programme drawing on real-life oil trading challenges. More.

Target Neutral

With the help of BP Target Neutral, our six British London 2012 athlete ambassadors are learning how to travel around while generating a smaller carbon footprint. On their way to the Games, we’ll be following their progress.

We hope it will inspire many others to use the Target Neutral framework as a way of shrinking their carbon footprint. If enough people take part, this could be a great legacy for London 2012 – and make a significant difference to the environment in the years to come.

The Target Neutral framework is simple. It involves using straightforward tips and techniques to reduce the CO2 you create as you travel around, then neutralising the remaining CO2 through carbon offsetting.

Carbon offsetting isn’t an answer to the climate challenge in and of itself. But it’s a step in the direction of a lower-carbon future. Not only does it balance out a portion of the carbon released into the atmosphere today, it generates investment in lower-carbon projects that can have a big impact in the future. More.