The 2019 World Championships join forces with the Jämtland County government to promote sustainable development and limit climate impact.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Åre 2019 is proud to be part of the ambitious agreement to stage fossil fuel free World Championships in 2019, as announced by the Jämtland County government Tuesday.

The broad-based charter, initiated by the County government and developed in cooperation with the Jämtland Härjedalen Region, the municipalities of Åre and Östersund, and the organizers of both Åre 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 sport 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. 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,“ says Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.

“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. 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,” added Carlsson.

The agreement for the Fossil Fuel Free World Championships Region 2019 outlines a number of commitments to ensure that the 2019 championships 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 Jämtland Härjedalen 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 now remain until the Championships in 2019. The final test events during the upcoming 2018/2019 ski season will include the third edition of the Stockholm parallel slalom City Event at Hammarbybacken on 30th January 2018 and the FIS World Cup Finals in March 2018. Anyone interested in volunteering to help may register on the official website at www.are2019.com/volunteers.

Download the agreement as PDF: Welcome to the fossil fuel free World Championships region 2019

ABOUT ÅRE 2019

Scheduled from 5-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and up to 200’000 fans to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.

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