The main goal of the world championships regarding the preservation of the environment is to underline the quality of Finnish tap water and how it is the primary source of drinking water. Unlike in most countries in the world, the water coming from any household or public tap is completely safe to enjoy and even purer than most bottled water.
Other important aspects of the event are sustainable choices and the proper recycling of waste. The goal is to set an example as a pioneer of responsible large-scale events. The idea is to not only learn and teach, but to also ensure that future events in the city will automatically function in a responsible manner.
The city of Tampere aims to have a carbon neutral status by 2030.
The IAAF U20 World Championships will take place in the Tampere -stadium, located in the heart of the city. The easiest way to reach the stadium is by foot, bike or via public transportation. The main bus station is only a stone´s throw away and the distance to the railway station is one kilometre.
A large bicycle parking station is located at the main entrance of the stadium and is open for everyone to use. In addition, there is a city bike station in the vicinity of the stadium, where city bikes are available for rent. It is recommended to all volunteers to bike or walk during the event.
Nearly all of the accommodations of athletes and teams are located in the centre of Tampere. The VIP-guests are accommodated next to the Stadium at the Sokos Hotel Ilves. Due to the central location of the accommodations all participants should be able to walk to the Stadium. Only the guests staying at the Varala Sports Institute or at the Scandic Hotel Rosendahl will be provided with bus transportation to and from the stadium. The local organising committee will ensure the use of less polluting vehicle options in the transportation. The drivers have for years been educated on these choices and focus on an optimised way of driving.
Through marketing and the briefing of volunteers and other organisers the importance of the use of public transportation is underlined. No separate parking areas for cars are provided. Parking is available at nearby parking halls. To minimise driving, shared rides are always recommended.
Accommodation is mostly located within walking distance from the Stadium, or within easy reach via public transportation. The longest distance from the stadium is from the Varala Sports Institute, which is 10 minutes away by bus. VIP-guests are accommodated 300 metres from the Stadium. VIP-guests are presumed to walk and do not have extra transportation arrangements.
The tap water in Tampere is purer than most bottled water. The local organizing committee is providing all athletes with refillable water bottles to fill drinking water wherever there is a tap. The bottles are made of eco-friendly, BPA-free plastic. The Stadium and training facilities have additional water supply points. Hotels and restaurants only serve water from pitchers, instead of providing separate plastic bottles. These steps ensure that waste from plastic bottles is minimised.
To minimise food waste, all catering is in the form of a buffet. Teams are reminded to take waste in consideration when taking food. The food offered is mostly locally and ecologically produced. VIP-guests dine with real plates instead of using disposable ones. Both the volunteers and athletes have vegetarian food options.
Through the careful placement and provision of a sufficient amount of waste containers, the event will stay clean from trash. Staff and event visitors are reminded to keep the city clean throughout the event. The City of Tampere and representatives at event venues will pay special attention to the cleanliness of the city and of the event area.
A plan for the disposal of waste has been made in cooperation with Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management. The sorting options plastic, bio-waste, paper, cardboard and waste-to-energy have been chosen though careful consideration of the effects of waste on the environment. There are clearly marked sorting stations placed next to walking paths. The waste containers are marked with clear international instructions and guidance is provided. All waste is collected from the stations and later reused primarily as recycled materials or used as a source for the production of energy. The venue is equipped with a sufficient amount of public lavatories, which are kept neat throughout the event.
The preservation of natural resources is considered in all aspects of the event. The Tampere Stadium uses green energy for the duration of the event. The lighting of the Stadium is planned in an energy efficient way and due to the abundance of natural light during the Finnish summer less artificial lighting is needed. The event area is equipped with spots to charge mobile devices, which are available for both team members and volunteers.
USE OF MATERIALS
The use of paper in the form of leaflets, handouts, prints or programs is avoided. All paper products utilize both sides to ensure efficiency and all information is shared digitally if possible.
Event products are functional and responsibly manufactured. Only the needed amount is produced. The aim is to reuse all existing material, such as pennants, roll-ups and sheets. The bibs are also made of recycled materials. The safety pins used by the athletes are all collected to later reuse. All excess material is gifted to either schools or organisations.
All visitors and volunteers are informed of the environmental goals of the event. Eco-guides are available at the event venue as well as dining areas to guide visitors with for example recycling. The halls and rooms of the official accommodation have informational guides on environmentally responsible behavior.
The Stadium is a non-smoking zone, except for its designated smoking areas. The smoking areas are clearly marked and located outside of the grandstand area. The designated areas will be equipped with a sufficient amount of cigarette bins.
TAP WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK IN FINLAND
Part of the event eco plan we only supply tap water to the teams instead of bottled water.
Finland’s tap water is among the highest quality in the world and is not only completely safe but a pleasure to drink. In Finland tap water has been found to be significantly cleaner than bottled water. A research by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has shown that bottled water may have up to 100 times more microbes than tap water. Tap water fulfills both Finnish and the European Union requirements and recommendations for the quality of drinking water (Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health).
Drinking water supply in Tampere is provided by Tampere Water, the municipal enterprise for water services. Most of the raw water is surface water from two lakes (Lake Roine and Lake Näsijärvi) and it is thoroughly treated before distribution. About one third of the tap water is groundwater, which is treated and pumped at multiple groundwater intakes. Groundwater is formed from rainwater by natural filtration through sand and gravel layers of the eskers (ridges) in Tampere and its neighbourhood.
The microbiological quality of all water (both surface water and groundwater) is ensured by disinfection with chlorine or sodium hypochlorite before pumping to the distribution network. Municipal health authorities and Tampere Water monitor water quality frequently.
Tampere Water celebrates its 120th anniversary (1898 – 2018). Tampere Water provides each participant of the IAAF World U20 Championships with an empty water bottle, which can be filled and refilled straight from the tap.