Flanders will be welcoming the 2021 UCI Road World Championships from 18 to 26 September. The World Championships are not just coming home to the cradle of cycling but are also celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2021. As a result, Flanders and the entire world of cycling can prepare itself for an undoubtedly memorable edition. This festive edition will give us the opportunity to look back on the previous century and cherish the many beautiful highlights. However, it also offers us the opportunity to look ahead, to face current challenges head-on together with the following generations, and to make new memories. After all, it is of crucial importance to remain critical and to keep going forward. In new times, with new challenges.
One of those challenges is sustainability. In the last few years, contemporary society has put more of a focus on being more aware of the environment. That is why the 2021 UCI Road World Championships in Flanders will set the tone when it comes to sustainability, which is one of the core values of Flanders 2021 in addition to being state-of-the-art and innovative. During the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, the UCI together with the Flemish Government, host cities, LOC (Local Organisation Committee), OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders) and all partners involved will make a concerted effort to achieve this aim.
The sustainability plan for the 2021 UCI Road World Championships will be revealed in October 2020. The goal of this plan is to pay maximum attention to sustainability, starting with the promotion campaign in the preliminary phase. This core value will also play a central role in the fun initiatives, the necessary logistical measures and communications during the week from 18 to 26 September 2021. Finally, Flanders 2021 will also continue this practice in the subsequent stages, with the ultimate goal being the drafting of a sustainability framework for future sports events like legacy of Flanders 2021.
The following themes will form the basis of the sustainability plan:
- Use of energy & water
- Use of space
- Waste management
- Use of materials
- Healthy lifestyle
In addition to the sustainability plan, there will also be a sustainability charter and checklist for the 2021 UCI Road World Championships.
We can make Flanders 2021 sustainable together!