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Sustainability

Sustainability is an important perspective for the La Tour Genève Triathlon and through it we have the opportunity to reach and influence a large number of people to raise awareness and inspire them.

Integration of a carbon calculator for participants

Our objective for the following editions is to set up a carbon calculator for participants so that everyone can see their impact and get everyone to react and thus encourage people to minimise their impact in order to have a lower overall impact each year.

Carbon footprint

During the last edition in September 2021, we carried out a carbon assessment in order to know our carbon impact and to count our direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3) of all the greenhouse gases (GHG) of La Tour Genève Triathlon. We have carried out this assessment in order to identify our areas of progress in order to reduce our GHGs as much as possible, some actions will be put in place as of 2022

Minimising carbon

Transport

In order to address the environmental impact and more specifically to minimise greenhouse gas emissions, the La Tour Genève Triathlon encourages the use of “low carbon” transport: train, walking, cycling, public transport in general… For example, the train emits between 40 and 80 times less GHG than a car (1 person) or a plane journey, depending on the type of train used.

The Léman Express stops at the Cornavin and Eaux-Vives stations, which are about 15 minutes away by foot or bus from the event village and the start of the races, which is a plus in terms of achieving our objectives regarding the minimisation of the carbon impact.

The Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) will be available all weekend for participants, volunteers, partners, and team members to get to the event village and start.

Carpooling

For all visitors and runners, and always with the aim of optimising motorised travel. We invite participants to carpool in order to minimize the number of cars in the vicinity of the start and finish and to reduce our carbon impact. The Mont-Blanc car park will be open during the La Tour Genève Triathlon weekend.

Bike

There will also be plenty of bike parks around the start to make it easier and more attractive for participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff to come by bike. Participants will also have access to the city’s Vélopartage bikes for transportation, which will be located near the village.

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In the event village, we have created an exhibitor charter to oblige all our food trucks to offer at least one vegetarian menu. This reduces the consumption of meat and therefore the pressure on the environment (carbon impact, deforestation…) but also highlights quality vegetarian meals.

In comparison, a vegetarian meal is 5 to 14 times less GHG than a meat meal.

Most of our suppliers and service providers are also local, with a real territorial anchorage.

We are limiting the number of goodies on the event and are opting mainly for useful gifts for the runners so that there is no overproduction or overconsumption. This year’s gift will be a bib belt that the participants will use during their race and on other triathlons.

For the past few years, we have been communicating the event at a local level, so we focus on Switzerland, its neighbouring countries and cities that are easily connected to Geneva by train in order to minimise the long travel time for participants.

Maximising impact

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Since 2019 our charity partner is United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR, which helps refugees fleeing their country by travelling thousands of miles to save their lives and find peace.

You can find more information on our Donate page

You can donate to this cause to help them find homes, give them the opportunity to study and buy them school supplies or equip a classroom in Rwanda.

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All our races are open to people with reduced mobility to allow everyone to enjoy the La Tour Genève Triathlon, for example we open our races to visually impaired people accompanied by a guide or other illnesses

We set up dedicated areas for disabled triathletes to allow them to be in the best possible comfort, such as during transitions in the changing area.

We advocate gender equality by communicating to encourage women to participate in our long-distance races, which are mostly run by men.

Assuming our responsibilities

We contribute to the preservation of the environment by setting up specific sorting bins (PET, aluminium, glass, other waste) on the entire site. This allows us to recycle the remaining waste and to limit the pollution of our environment as much as possible.

The organising committee has decided to put in place this year, incinerable bins for cardboard and compost. Thus, each participant and spectator is encouraged to sort their waste.

We prohibit the distribution of flyers in the village and limit the distribution of goodies and free objects, except those made from recycled elements. Finally, posters and postcards are made available to the public (not distributed) and must be printed on recycled paper, FSC or PEFC certified paper.

We create delimited smoking areas in the village so as not to pollute the space and to center the waste of cigarette butts in one place, 2 cigarette butts pollute up to 1000 liters of water.

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