Since the beginning of the project, we at Åre 2019 have been focused on delivering positive legacies and making sustainable choices in all our planning and preparations.
Our vision to Inspire the World to Ski has been the driving force behind our main investment decisions. The new Arena House and the slopes both in the Swedish Alpine National Arena and in Duved are examples of our work towards achieving that vision.
The Arena House extension to the existing finish area building will be one of the key legacies of Åre 2019. It will provide substantial high quality space for the annual FIS Ski World Cup events in Åre post-2019. The new building will also enable the Swedish Ski Association to set up a new research and development facility, including a gym reserved for elite athletes. This center will play a key role in the National Team’s future activities, at least until the next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre.
Improved training facilities
Other investments made together with resort operator Skistar in the National Arena and in Duved have further strengthened Åre’s position as the leading training venue in Sweden. Enhancements including improved snow-making, new safety installations and additional flood-lighting enable an even longer training season and safer conditions for ski clubs and school programs from all around the country to train in Åre.
The most sustainable FIS Alpine World Ski Championships ever
One of the four objectives of Åre 2019 is to stage the championships with great respect for the environment. Indeed, our sustainability strategy goes beyond the environmental dimension and includes social and economic sustainability considerations as well.
As a rule of thumb, we are great believers in making various daily choices that are more sustainable than any conventional solutions, rather than trying to reach for 100% radical solutions that require massive behavioral change and never materialize.
Our sustainability goals include:
- To set a new benchmark in sustainable winter sports event management, including being certified to the ISO 20121 standard for sustainable events in good time before February 2019
- To increase awareness of sustainability issues among all Åre 2019 stakeholders from the ski family to the local community, the government and partners and sponsors
- To leave a significant legacy for FIS, the sport of ski racing and winter sports in general in terms of working tools and best practice examples
Åre 2019 Sustainability Priorities
Long-term sustainability of infrastructure and operations through smart temporary solutions, efficient energy and water management, connection to district heating whenever possible, use of renewable energy for heating and power.
Sustainable resource use through smart procurement, waste minimization and 3R (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle)
Sustainable mobility solutions as priority for all transport during the event
Focus on the health and development of both workforce and community through provision of healthy options, incorporation of local youngsters and students into Åre 2019 activities, highlighting the regional uniqueness through events and ceremonies.
Carbon neutral FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, including pre- and post-event calculations together with Quantis and Luleå University and local offset solutions.
Our Sustainability Commitments
- Fossil-Fuel Free World Championships
- A pledge made together with the County Government of Jämtland and the 2019 IBU Biathlon World Championships in Östersund. Read more here.
- 70% Journeys with Sustainable Transport
- Creative ticket packages and priority for public transport and renewable energy solutions through partnerships
- At Least 50% of Waste Recycled, Reused or Recovered
- Focused solutions in cooperation with Municipality of Åre and Håll Sverige Rent
- 50% Purchases Using Sustainable Sourcing Criteria
- The five questions before every purchase
- 50% of Sustainable Food and Beverage
- In partnership with the Federation of Swedish Farmers and local industry