Legacy and Sustainability

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.

Arena House

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 ski racing 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 percent radical solutions that require massive behavioral change and never materialize.

Read our Sustainability Policy here.

Our Sustainability Goals

  • Setting 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
  • Increasing awareness of sustainability issues among all Åre 2019 stakeholders from the ski family to the local community, the government and partners and sponsors
  • Leaving 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

Infrastructure

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.

Resources

Sustainable resource use through smart procurement, waste minimization and 3R (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle)

Mobility

Sustainable mobility solutions as priority for all transport during the event

People

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.

Climate

The 2019 edition will be the first climate neutral FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Pre- and post-event calculations have been done in cooperation  with Quantis and Luleå University. Working towards climate neutral World Championships includes local offset solutions.

Åre 2019 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:
Where does it come from?
Who made it?
What is it made of?
What is it wrapped in?
What will happen to it after the event?

No more than 5 % of the food served goes to waste

In partnership with the Federation of Swedish Farmers and local industry