GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is now certified according to ISO 20121 – an internationally high ranked certification that ensures a high level of sustainability efforts at events.
The certification means that GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon will improve the sustainability in environmental, social and economic aspects. GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon has during a long period of time chosen to invest in sustainability. Previous years, the event has been enrivronmentally certified by the city of Gothenburg and recognized in relation to the international race AIMS Green Award.
To take the efforts with sustainability one step further, the work against reaching the internaional certification ISO 20121 started autumn 2015. Now, the diploma has arrived as a confirmation of the sustainability work that GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon stands for.
– We are very proud of being certified in accordance to ISO 20121. To us, it is important to show that we take a stand, that the world’s largest half marathon chooses to invest in sustainability, Sofie Fagerlund, person in charge of environmental questions regarding GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon, explains.
The focus of the sustainability efforts during GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is on transportation, waste, disposables, social engagement, food and health. Sports, both regionally and nationally, and charity are also benefiting thanks to the contribution of the runners participating in the week of GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon.
– Runners and audience can help us in our work with sustainability; we can together make a big difference. Think about recycling your garbage, choose one of the vegetarian options by the start and goal area and use public transportation. We hope that many will use the offer that GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon offers the participants, free public transportation during the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the race week. Confirmation of registration and race bib are both valid as tickets, Sofie Fagerlund tells.