More climate friendly trade fair during the world’s oldest ski race Vasaloppet
This year the world’s oldest and biggest ski race Vasaloppet and Adven will together finalize the transition towards only using renewable energy in the heating of the fair tents. This will contribute towards making a large part of the heating of Vasaloppet fossil free in 2019.
Vasaloppet is the world’s oldest and biggest ski race and it has been organized in Sweden since 1922. Today there are sixteen different races and 100,000 registered participants every year. Races run along the historic stretch between Sälen and Mora.
Vasaloppet has during the past years worked continuously with reducing their climate footprint. Measures have been taken for example to reduce the littering along the ski tracks, to enable more participants to travel to the event by bus and train, as well as to be able to offer fluorine free wax as a service. One of the bigger projects has been to change the way heating has been produced in the numerous tents. Before Vasaloppet 2018 extensive work had been done to change the heating method and improve the air quality inside the fair tent in Mora.
The collaboration with Adven has enabled the transition from heavy fuel oil-based heating to renewable district heating in the 4000 square meter fair tent. This reduced carbon emissions by 30 ton. To prepare for 2019’s event, yet another step has been taken in the collaboration. Now the starting areas in Sälen and Oxberg will also convert fossil fuels to pellet-based heating and green electricity. This will both have a positive environmental impact and increase the comfortability of personnel and visitors.
“Vasaloppet has always collaborated with partners to ensure development and competence in environmental matters among many, and we are very proud to collaborate with Adven in this area. The local connection is important, and we have great trust in Adven being in the forefront of the development of climate friendly solutions,” says Eva-Lena Frick, CEO at Vasaloppet.
“Finding a renewable heating method for Vasaloppet’s tents has been challenging and fun. There are not many events of Vasaloppet’s size that use district heating and pellets today, and it feels wonderful to contribute to Vasaloppet being in the forefront,” says Erik Gynt, Regional Manager Svealand at Adven.
Vasaloppet’s sustainability strategy stretches from 2016 to 2022 and focuses on having a sustainable approach within three different areas: environmental, financial and social matters. The sustainability strategy and its measures result in happier and healthier participants, support to associations and regional development, sustainable financial results to the owning associations and reduced environmental impact.