The largest women’s sporting event in the history of Slovenia will go beyond the borders of sport – one of the red threads of the competition will be sustainable development. The organizing committee made the first sustainable steps at the last event, which took place at Ljubljana Castle.

The choice of location was not accidental, as it coincides with the red thread of the upcoming handball competition. The group draw for the preliminary round of the Women’s EHF Euro 2022 took place at Ljubljana Castle. In 2021, the facility acquired the leading sustainable label in Slovenia – the Green Key certificate, in addition to being included in the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism, and the City of Ljubljana is trying to bring it even closer to a sustainable vision.

For this purpose, they try to reduce energy consumption as much as possible, take care of waste separation, regularly monitor water consumption, use certified cosmetics and cleaners, and encourage visitors to explore the Slovenian capital on foot or by bike.

The Women’s EHF Euro Organizing Committee therefore saw the organization of the draw as a great opportunity to take its first sustainable steps and put its words, plans and goals on sustainable development into practice. They focused on two areas: mobility and refreshments with food and drink.

Some official representatives and delegates arrived in Ljubljana by train, and all transfers to hotels were made by fuel-efficient electric vans. On the day of the draw, the number of parking spaces at Ljubljana Castle was limited, so guests and organizers took advantage of public transport by cable car, and prominent representatives of the organizing committee came to Castle Hill in fuel-efficient electric vehicles and a hydrogen bus.

The Jezeršek company took care of me at the banquet, where she prepared the dishes on the spot. They tried to reduce their meat consumption, but at the same time they wanted to throw away as little food as possible in the end. Guests were also reminded of the sustainability of various signs at the banquet, including: “Love food not waste.”

The launch of the Women’s EHF Euro 2022 as a sustainable sporting event was therefore more than successful, so the organizing committee is already looking ahead. “We have set an action plan, in which we have set 35 goals in 12 areas, and almost 100 measures to achieve them. We work with experts in individual areas and improve goals and measures to be feasible and measurable. We will have an action plan. ready within a month, when we will also share it with the public,” announces Gašper Pavli, head of sustainability of the upcoming handball competition.

The Slovenian Organizing Committee also invited the European Handball Federation to cooperate and take into account the sustainable vision. All with the idea of following sustainable principles in the international arena as well, and thus making big changes for a better tomorrow in small steps.

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