Our vision is to be one of the first CO2-neutral triathlons in the world, both for the organization and for the motorized transport it generates.
Wherever possible, we avoid or greatly reduce our CO2 emissions. We offset unavoidable emissions in a climate protection project in the Third World.
Our Ostbelgien Triathlon is certified CO2-neutral.
In order to limit the CO2 emissions caused by the travel traffic of our Ostbelgien Triathlon as much as possible, we use a new and innovative web and mobile application from our partner organisation FAHRMIT. An intelligent algorithm enables participants and spectators, whose travel data coincide, to network for carpooling.
Through common interests, carpoolers will meet many inspiring people on their way to our Ostbelgien Triathlon.
Garbage bin is synonymous with waste. To avoid the content, we simply removed the containers, on the whole area of our Ostbelgian Triathlon.
Because we're mean !
Just kidding. We do not want to outsource the garbage problem further by subsequent garbage separation, but simply proactively avoid producing waste at its source. We ask participants and spectators to check in advance what they bring with them and what usually ends up as waste in our area. And either not to bring it at all, or to take it back home.
Don't panic, for the athletes, there are of course waste areas at the bike and running aid stations! Anything thrown away outside these waste areas will be punished with a yellow card and a time penalty in the penalty box :-)
This year, the SOS-Fahrradwerkstatt in Eupen offers cycling services during our Ostbelgien Triathlon. Outside the transition zone there is a free and guarded bicycle parking for participants and visitors. Here you can safely park your bike in the style of a "bicycle locker". If necessary, a free security check of the bike is included. There is also a charger for electric bikes. A mobile repair shop will be available for participants. From morning to evening, a mechanic will be on site to carry out minor repairs.
As all these services are free and voluntary, the SOS-Fahrradwerkstatt is happy to accept "special" donations during our triathlon. Visitors and participants can give their bike parts that they no longer need. Under the motto "still too good for the trash can, but too bad for eBay", this noble scrap will supply the local circular economy.
The entire project is part of the recycling concept that the SOS-Fahrradwerkstatt has been running for many years as a social enterprise.
Our trophies summarise all our efforts in the field of sustainability. Created by designer Kaspar Hamacher, internationally renowned for his solid wood furniture and objects, who is interested in authenticity at every stage of his design process. His way of working always leads to a unique and personal piece. A design piece with a deeper meaning, with a soul.
Our regional solid wood trophies, which promote local craftsmanship, recall our concept of telling a story about CO2 reduction that is fun and that we like to share because the solutions are simply ingenious. No natural material symbolizes it better than wood. Because trees store CO2 during their growth, each trophy contains 600 grams of CO2.
Our TRIGEMA Change® athletes and volunteer T-shirts are environmentally friendly, made from 100% organic cotton and Cradle to Cradle® certified. They are designed according to nature's model, in closed cycles that produce no waste, and are fully compostable.
Our volunteers have an unrestricted right of use for the entire life of their T-shirts. For resource saving reasons, this year's volunteer T-shirts will be reused in future editions of our Ostbelgien Triathlon. Once worn out, we take them back as owners, to ensure the final composting.
Worn T-shirts of athletes can also be returned at future participations :-)