The Are 2019 World Championships has joined forces with the Jaemtland County government to promote sustainable development and limit climate impact. The organizing committee is proud to be part of the ambitious agreement to stage a fossil fuel-free World Championships as announced by the Jaemtland County government Tuesday.
The broad-based charter, initiated by the government and developed in cooperation with the Jaemtland Haerjedalen region, the municipalities of Are and Oestersund, and the organizers of both Are 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and the Östersund 2019 IBU Biathlon World Championships, as well as the World Championship Region 2019, defines a number of concrete measures that pave the way for a new milestone in winter sports event organization and help forge a more sustainable future.
“Ensuring positive legacies and showing respect for the environment are at the core of our mission and integrated in all our work,” said Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Are 2019. “To manage the event’s impact further, we have created a structured sustainability program and one of our priorities is limiting climate impact by reducing the event’s carbon footprint.”
“This agreement, supported by the county, regional and municipal governments, provides us with an incredible platform to reinforce our commitment by including all the key partners, such as the main regional transport and power suppliers,” added Carlsson. “It will also be a powerful tool for involving our sponsors and for engaging the public in our efforts to promote sustainability in winter sports.”
The agreement for a fossil fuel-free World Championships outlines a number of commitments to ensure that the events promote sustainable practices and development in areas such as public transport, electric vehicles, renewable energy and innovation. It builds upon the existing vision of the Jaemtland Haerjedalen region to become a fossil fuel-free region by 2030 and furthers a cooperation known as the Green Highway, set up with the neighboring Trondelag region of Norway.
Only 600 days remain until the World Championships in 2019. The final test events during the upcoming 2018-2019 ski season will include the third edition of the Stockholm City Event at Hammarbybacken on Jan. 30 and the FIS World Cup Finals in March 2018. Anyone interested in volunteering to help may register on the official website.
Release courtesy of Are 2019