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Sustainability

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Sustainability

5 R der NachhaltigkeitSustainability is one of THE topics of the 21st century. We, the employees of the Cologne Marathon, together with our partners would also like to contribute to save and conserve our planet and to use resources, as far as possible, reasonably.

 

And in order to reach our aims we need your help! Please support us by throwing the cups on the course and in the post-finish refreshment area into the corresponding nets. But also by disbanding from the widespread “We have done it always like this” idea. The first step towards more sustainability is thinking about it.

 

Basing on the chart to the right we will list all measures for a more eco-friendly event that we have already been implementing and that are planned for 2019. Further provisions will follow in the future.

 

Source: Green Home, https://greenhome.co.za/refuse-reduce-reuse-recycle/

 

 

  Rethink

 

Sustainability has become a major issue for us. This is why we decided to eliminate, at first, the biggest CO2 emittants bit by bit and change to sustainable products.

 

For sure this is just an inital process that we are going to continue and expand over the years to come.

 

 

 

 

  Refuse

 

Digital instead of paper

➡ aim: avoiding waste of paper

  • registrations online only
  • starters’ lists online only
  • event magazine as PDF
  • despatch of data check and confirmations of participation by email only
  • showing mobile confirmations of participation is sufficient, no printing necessary
  • results on website only, no more result magazine
  • certificate for download only

 

 

Wood instead of metal 2019: sustainable medals (link text in German only)

➡ aim: avoiding ending resources and using sustainable vegetable products

  • high-quality lasered wood design
  • sustainable vegetable alder wood from sustainable forestry in Hungary 🇭🇺 instead of zinc medals from South Africa
  • upgrading in Wuppertal 🇩🇪

 

Nachhaltige Medaillen

 

 

Wood fabrics instead of artificial functional textiles: 2019 woodshirts (link text in German only)

➡ aim: avoiding plastic textiles and using sustainable resources

  • 67% wood fibres and 33% organic cotton – 100% sustainable material
  • 100% made in E. U. 🇪🇺
  • from sustainable forestry in Portugal 🇵🇹 – for every single order a new tree will be planted
  • in collaboration with Saucony and wijld

 

Pressekonferenz Nachhaltigkeit Woodshirt

 

 

 

 

  Reduce

 

Climate neutrality certificate

➡ aim: reducing or compensating CO2 emissions

 

 

“car-free Sunday”

➡ side effects: reducing vehicle emissions and encouraging alternative means of transportation

  • closure of the entire course in downtown Cologne for vehicles
  • exceptions for emergency vehicles of municipal authorities and organiser only
  • approx. 44 kilometres of roads and streets for runners

 

 

Public transportation ticket

➡ aim: reducing private transport and its vehicle emissions

  • ticket free of charge for every runner + 1 adult and 2 kids
  • on race day for travelling to and from the event within the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg/VRS area (using the bib number)
  • for accompanying persons also along the course

 

 

E-mobility

➡ aim: reducing vehicle emissions

  • BMW electric i3 and i8 vehicles as pace cars in front of the half marathon and marathon fields
  • BMW electric scooters for camera men, referees etc.

 

 

 

Despatch of race packets (within Germany 🇩🇪 only)

➡ aim: reducing vehicle emissions of multiple journeys to Cologne to pick up the race packets the day/s before as well as to the event itself

  • additionally bookable service aimed at regional runners (despatch within Germany 🇩🇪 only)
  • Thus, these runners only have to travel once and possibly with public transportation free of charge (see above) on race day – instead of twice for picking up the race packets and on race day (or staying overnight).

 

 

 

Regional and certified products in the post-finish REWE Group refreshment area

➡ aim: reducing vehicle emissions for transports, encouraging the ecological cultivation and environmental safety

  • 50,000 Rainforest Alliance certified PRO PLANET Chiquita bananas
  • 25,000 UTZ certified muesli bars of PENNY’s own Granola brand from EU 🇪🇺
  • 5,000 regional PRO PLANET apples
  • 4,000 litres REWE Bio apple juice from Germany 🇩🇪
  • 1,000 regional PRO PLANET peaches
  • 1,000 regional PRO PLANET cherry tomatoes
  • 50 kilos regional PRO PLANET carrots
  • drinking water from RheinEnergie‘s supply in the post-finish refreshment area and also at all refreshment stations along the course

 

 

 

Awarding of the marathon city champion

➡ aim: reducing power generation by fossil burnings

  • 1 year of green electricity free of charge by RheinEnergie

 

 

 

2019 sustainable medals (link text in German only)

➡ aim: reducing of emissions

  • high-quality lasered wood design
  • sustainable vegetable alder wood from sustainable forestry in Hungary 🇭🇺 instead of zinc medals from South Africa
  • upgrading in Wuppertal 🇩🇪
  • saving 20 tons of CO2 emissions compared to South Africa

 

Nachhaltige Medaillen

 

 

2019 woodshirts

➡ aim: reducing emissions for transports

  • from sustainable forestry in Portugal 🇵🇹 instead of from the Far East – for every single order a new tree will be planted
  • in collaboration with Saucony and wijld

 

Pressekonferenz Nachhaltigkeit Woodshirt

 

 

 

 

  Reuse

 

reuseable kit bags

➡ aim: reusability for other everyday situations

 

Startbeutel 2017

 

 

2019 resuable cups

➡ aim: reusability at other events

  • 100,000 (1/4 of all needed) reusable cups provided by RheinEnergie
  • made by a local Cologne-based manufacturer
  • for a show-case refreshment station along the course and in the post-finish REWE Group refreshment area

 

Pressekonferenz Nachhaltigkeit Mehrwegbecher

 

 

 

 

  Recycle

 

2019 recyclable paper cups

➡ aim: regional recycling

  • for all refreshment stations along the course with the exception of (see above)
  • collected separatedly in nets
  • recycled by AWB afterwards

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