The 2023 World Triathlon Multisport Championships Ibiza has received the World Triathlon gold certificate of sustainability, the highest possible award, for its measures to guarantee the sustainability of the event that will be held on the island of Ibiza from 29 April to 7 May.
The president of the Consell d'Eivissa, Vicent Marí, celebrated the recognition of an event that will serve "to highlight our capacity to organise world-class sporting events" but, at the same time, "to highlight our natural heritage". In this sense, the president has applauded "the awareness shown by the Organising Committee, involved from the first minute in achieving a zero impact event for our environment which, at the same time, will show the athletes an idyllic place to practice their favourite sport".
The ambitious challenge set by the World Championships Organising Committee is to become one of the most sustainable triathlon events to date and also to become the first event in Europe to be certified as zero waste.
"My congratulations to the Ibiza World Championships organising committee for this wonderful achievement and for the important legacy it will leave for our sport," said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado, who also noted that "when World Triathlon initiated this project, we encouraged organisations to implement sustainable measures in all areas of the events. The efforts made by the Ibiza World Cup have exceeded our objectives. It is a great pleasure to see how the organising team has taken care to incorporate sustainability in all areas and we are confident that everyone will be able to see a hint of green on the blue carpet of this historic event.
Among the measures adopted by the World Cup to preserve sustainability in Ibiza are the elimination of single-use plastic bottles for reusable cups, reusable cycling bottles, the action of a beach clean-up on 4 May, the use of shared transport, the promotion of the importance of Posidonia oceanica and the measurement of the impact of the carbon footprint caused by the championship.
José Hidalgo, president of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, was also very positive about the success achieved by the Ibiza Multisport World Championships. "From the beginning, one of the most important pillars on which the Ibiza Multisport World Championships was built was sustainability and respect for the environment. We wanted it to be an exemplary Championship committed to the preservation of the environment. From minute one, the preservation of Ibiza's natural and marine environments were part of the project.
For all these reasons, I am very happy that World Triathlon has assessed all the strategies and measures that we are going to put in place during the celebration of the World Championship and has decided to grant them the gold certification, which is the highest certification granted by the international federation under very demanding standards. And we are going to be able to meet these standards of maximum commitment and quality at world level.
The Ibiza Multisport World Championships will be the first of the 3 major international events that our country will host in this historic year 2023 for Spanish triathlon, as Madrid will also host the European Championships from 2 to 4 June and Pontevedra will host the best athletes in the world in the World Series Grand Final from 20 to 24 September.