World Triathlon Sustainability Silver Certification

The Pontevedra 2023 World Triathlon Series Grand Final has been awarded the World Triathlon Silver Certificate of Sustainability, thanks to the measures that the Championships Organising Committee has promoted to guarantee a sustainable and environmentally friendly event.

The Mayor of Pontevedra Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores was very satisfied with the distinction issued by World Triathlon: "We are very happy because it is a recognition of the work we have been doing for many years in this area. Pontevedra is a smoke-free city, we comply 365 days a year with the air quality criteria and we will continue to make progress without any doubt".

Luis López Diéguez, president of the Deputation of Pontevedra, also wanted to value the award of this silver medal in sustainability: "the province of Pontevedra is a reference in environmental care, in sustainable mobility and in the organisation of sporting events. This certification is a new recognition of this work and another reason to continue working in this direction", who also pointed out that "the government of the Deputation not only has accessibility and equality as a banner in all the events it organises, but also pays special attention to the proper management of waste and the promotion of mobility that gives priority to travel on foot or by bicycle over the use of motor vehicles in order to reduce the emission of polluting gases and continue to be a reference model in all areas".

Among the measures carried out by the organisation of the Grand Final are aspects such as accessibility, equality, waste management, the promotion of local consumption, the promotion of sustainable travel to reduce the carbon footprint, its calculation and its compensation through a forest plantation that will be carried out at the end of the year in the mountains of Pontevedra.

"In less than five years, Galicia and Pontevedra have hosted the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships, the 2022 Triathlon World Cup and now the World Triathlon Series Grand Final. This fills us with pride, but also with experience and guarantees to be able to take on any organisational challenge. The sustainability Silver certification of the World Series Grand Final is further proof of how Galicia cares for its sport, but above all, how it cares for and respects its surroundings and its environment, which is why we at the Xunta de Galicia join in the congratulations for this well-deserved recognition," said the First Vice-President and Regional Minister of the Presidency, Justice and Sport of the Xunta de Galicia, Diego Calvo.

"Congratulations to the organising committee of the event, this Silver award is very important in the world of triathlon as it is a sport that is practised in the middle of nature", commented Marisol Casado, President of World Triathlon, while for José Hidalgo, President of the Spanish Triathlon Federation "achieving this recognition at an international level is something we are very satisfied with, because we are already working to make national events an example of sustainability and we would not be credible if this work was not transferred to the great event of world triathlon.  This recognition tells us that we are on the right track.

This action plan is part of the Good Loop movement, the movement that reflects the commitment to sustainability of the Spanish Triathlon Federation. With Good Loop, FETRI seeks the maximum reduction of polluting emissions generated during Triathlon competitions to achieve the highest levels of sustainability. This path does not stop here, as it will continue to be a basic pillar for the Spanish Triathlon Federation and for the city of Pontevedra where the Multisport World Championships will also be held in 2025. Join the Good Loop!