Flanders 2021 - Sustainability Plan

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. We obviously want the event to leave a lasting impression on visitors and the TV audience, but at the same time we want it to leave a footprint that is as small as possible. To this end, a series of steps have been taken regarding sustainability.

Deloitte appointed as sustainability partner

With Deloitte appointed as sustainability partner, our organisation is fully committed to a new approach and is therefore taking an important step towards making cycling events more sustainable. The expertise that Deloitte enjoys in this area makes it the perfect partner to advise the organisation in this regard, to assist with the development of the plans and to investigate the event’s impact.

Sustainability plan with 14 themes and some 60 action points

In the run-up to the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, the local organising committee, the Flemish government, Deloitte, OVAM and the host cities have developed a sustainability plan with 14 themes and some 60 action points, based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. View the plan here

Reducing and calculating the CO2 impact

Sustainability partner Deloitte will calculate the CO2 impact of the event for the first time in World Championships history. Since measurements have never been taken before, this will form a benchmark for future events. The organisation will also proactively endeavour to limit the CO2 footprint based on the various action points in the sustainability plan: from reducing the use of diesel generators to the use of a number of electric and hybrid vehicles and encouraging fans and visitors to travel on foot, by bicycle or by public transport.

Sustainability actions in the host cities

The local organising committee will also invest in 4 local sustainable projects (one project in each host city) that visitors and the TV audience will see during the World Championships. You will soon discover here what these actions are.

Sustainability report after the 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Finally, Flanders 2021 will continue these efforts in the period following the World Championships. After the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, Deloitte will develop a sustainability report that maps out the impact of the sustainability plan and in which each action point is evaluated separately. The report, together with the calculation of the CO2 emissions, will create a sustainability framework for future sporting events.

We can make Flanders 2021 sustainable together!