The 28th IHF Men’s World Championship 2023 in Sweden has become the first international championship in the country – and the first international handball championship in the world – to achieve the certification ‘Sustainable Event’!
This has been clear since the Swedish organisation of the World Championship, including all five host cities – Gothenburg, Malmö, Kristianstad, Jönköping and Stockholm – had achieved the criteria.
– ‘For the past decade, handball championships have been expanding their work on staging sustainable events. In the run-up to the European Championship in 2020, we got firmly to grips with our work on sustainability, achieving international success with the activities that we performed. Leading up to the World Championship in January, we then decided to obtain sustainability certification. Over the past 18 months, everyone involved in organising the World Championship has been working together towards certification. Now we are there – which makes the 28th IHF Men’s World Championship 2023 in Sweden the first international handball championship to achieve sustainability certification. It feels really good,’ says Krister Bergström, CEO at Handbolls-VM 2023 Sverige AB, the organiser of the championship.
The sustainability company Greentime in Varberg is responsible for Sustainable Event certification and engages independent auditors to review the work done by the Championship on sustainability, based on the certification criteria.
– ‘The movement that we have seen during the planning of this championship in terms of sustainability is unique, and we have been impressed by what the organisers of the Championship, the cities and the arenas have achieved together,’ says Simon Strandvik, CEO at Greentime AB.
Certification is provisional at this stage. Final certification is received after the World Championship, once the auditors have visited selected arenas to ensure that the host cities and World Championship organisation are complying with the set objectives and plans in the areas of organisation, social sustainability and the environment.
This will include being able to present an equality plan, a plan to persuade spectators to travel using public transport, details of how volunteers are involved in sustainability, separation of waste at source in the arenas, digital communication and ensuring that the coffee served in the public kiosks is KRAV or Fairtrade-labelled.
For more information, please contact:
Krister Bergström, CEO at Handbolls-VM 2023 Sverige AB
+46 (0)70-352 56 22, email@example.com
Simon Strandvik, CEO Greentime AB
+46 (0)70-359 19 57, firstname.lastname@example.org