24.11.2016 14:00

Lahti 2017 leads the way in sustainable sport event organizing

The FIS Lahti 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships are coming closer and closer with less than 100 days to the zero hour. The biggest event of Finland’s 100th anniversary year is aiming to be a pioneer in sustainable event organizing. Collaborating with its partner, the World Championships are reaching the sustainability work also to smaller details. With its new partner, train company VR, the Centenary Championships encourage the visitors to arrive with ease and environmentally friendly by train.

The sustainability of the World Championships is divided into four categories: social, cultural, economic and environmental responsibility. According to the sustainability slogan “Not for ten days but for the next 100 years”, the aim is to create a framework that shows the way to future international sport events.

- Our sustainability work is based on several deeds from efficiency in material use to public transportation and promoting equal rights to girls. Both International Olympic Committee and International Ski Federation have acknowledged our sustainability programme and are following it closely. We have an opportunity here that is bigger than Finland and these World Championships to actually have an effect when other major sport events are adjusting their operating models to more sustainable direction, explains Janne Leskinen, the Secretary General of Lahti 2017 World Championships.

OVER HUNDRED TRAINS DAILY TO LAHTI

The central location of Lahti, and the train company VR’s quick and comprehensive rail network guarantee, that Lahti is easily reachable for day visits from different regions in Finland. Railroads transport people from south, west and east, and altogether 104 trains stop at Lahti train station on weekdays. The walking distance from Central Station to Sport Centre is 15 minutes by foot.

The train carries World Championship visitors from Helsinki to Lahti twice every hour. There are 30 scheduled trains traveling the one-hour-ride from both directions on daily basis. Visitors traveling from northern and western parts of Finland, Riihimäki Station offers good connections with 16 scheduled trains to Lahti every day. When traveling to east, 20 scheduled trains operate to Kouvola, where the connecting trains carry happy event visitors for example to Kuopio and Joensuu. If needed, at the evening the visitors are also able to catch a train before 10pm and wake up the next morning in Rovaniemi, Lapland.

- Collaborating with Lahti 2017 World Championships was a natural decision for us, because train is absolutely the most efficient way to arrive: quick, comfortable, affordable and ecological. The city of Lahti is very well connected from different parts of Finland. The visitors are able to get ready for the Centenary Championships already when sitting on a train, explains Maisa Romanainen, the Senior Vice President for VR Passenger Services.

THE RENEWABLE MATERIALS PRODUCED BY STORA ENSO SHOWCASED IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Stora Enso wants to contribute to environmentally sustainable events as a company of renewable materials and as a presenting partner of the World Championships 2017. Stora Enso provides utility products and constructs made of renewable materials and takes care of the recycling or reuse of materials afterwards.

- We at Stora Enso believe that properly nurtured forests and consciously produced renewable materials create a basis for preventing climate change. As a presenting partner, we are happy that we are able to be involved in organizing the sustainable Centenary Championships. Lahti2017 showcases many innovative examples of how products made of fossil raw materials can be substituted with our renewable materials, says Stora Enso’s Country Manager Finland Seppo Parvi.

 

Read more about the sustainability in Lahti 2017 World Championships here: http://www.lahti2017.fi/en/lahti2017-sustainability-programme

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