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Taking care of the environment

by Press Release
Monday 19th August 2013
Tags  The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc   |   The North Face   |   ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC   |   UTMB   |   TDS   |   CCC   |   PTL

The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® races take place in the mountains, in a natural and fragile environment, where it is necessary to protect the natural balance

The organisers, conscious that any outdoor event has an impact on nature, have organised themselves to measure this impact, to minimize it and repair it where necessary. For them the event must contribute to the general awareness of the fragility of the natural environment, and together, organisers and runners must be ambassadors for the conservation of natural environments.

The Environment Commission

Identifying the impact caused by the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, proposing real action to conserve the environment, compiling a report after the event and suggesting improvements or new solutions to put in to place....such is the mission of the Environment Commission, which was set up in 2006. Chaired by Jean-Claude Marmier it is made up of people who actively participate in the organisation, electives of the communities affected by the event and representatives of associations which are working in environmental conservation.

The Commission has actively participated in the development of sustainable development charters with Regional Groups and has ensures that they are applied and improved.

New for 2013

Following work carried out in collaboration with the environment commission, Aster and  Chambéry University, two trainees were at the end of the study named as 'referents for environment'.

They identified all the fragile spots on the race routes and have the following role:

  • To be the link between the organisation and the different players in the field of the environment.
  • To organise measures of avoidance, reduction and repair, before, during and after the event.
  • To manage a team of 20 "environmental ambassadors" who will survey the route throughout the event.

An ethical contract

Close collaboration between the Environment commission and the Espace Mont-Blanc (EMB) came to an end of July 28th 2008 with the signing of an ethical contract establishing real action to minimise the pollution inherent to the race, to fight against material and energy wastage and to encourage individuals to adopt a responsible attitude to the environment.

The EMB, whose activities are led by the Transfrontalière Mont-Blanc conference, has supported  the actions taken towards the reduction of the impact of the general public at big events on the area. The association Les Trailers du Mont-Blanc, organisers of The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® were the first to sign a commitment for virtuous behaviour, a real contract to reach the goals expressed in the Espace Mont-Blanc's Plan for Sustainable development.

The contract contains a list of recommendations to reduce the pollution, limiting waste production, reducing the wastage of materials and energy, developing the use of local products and specific action regarding transport matters, recycling of personal material and the use of the internet to minimise printing paper, and, also, to inform people about the rules of good conduct....

A Sustainable Development charter for sporting events and the DDCS 74 label

The department of the Haute-Savoie launched, in November 2008, "a charter favouring sustainable development". With the Direction Départementale de la Jeunesse and Sports 74, the Environment commission actively participated in a working group set up to elaborate the sustainable development charter for sporting events. Within the framework of this charter the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® is branded 'Manifestation sportive Développement Durable DDCS 74' (Direction Départementale de la Cohésion Sociale) which underlines the work carried out by the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® 's organisation concerning:

  • The protection of the environment
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Responsible communication and raised awareness
  • The fight against climate change
  • Social cohesion and solidarity
  • Impact evaluation

Member of the Plan Climat Energie Territorial de la Communauté de communes de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® commits to sustainable development alongside the Communauté de Communes de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, by setting up a territorial climate energy plan (PCET). The primary purpose of this plan is to contribute, on the scale of the territory involved, to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and to the adaptation of the territory to climate change.

More information: www.cc-valleedechamonixmontblanc.fr

The organisers' ethical charter 

Conscious that the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® events take place in an environment both grandiose and fragile, the organisers have revised and re-drafted their own ethical charter with the objective of clearly formulating benchmarks which will serve as the main leads for their behaviour and action. Respect for the environment is one of the important items of this charter which intends both sharing their passion for the of Mont Blanc country while at the same time protecting the Mont Blanc massif. The organisation therefore makes a commitment to minimise to the maximum the environmental impacts connected to the running of the event.
+ information: http://www.ultratrailmb.com/page/4/Ethique.html

An extract from the ethical charter concerning the environment:

The environment commission has identified the risks caused by the event and proposes real action to protect the environment.

We encourage the use of communal transport and car-sharing.

We allow no assistance zones outside villages.

We authorise Ambassadors of the environment (20 of them) to explain the regulations in the heart of the nature reserves and to watch that they are respected.

Each player agrees to:

  • Act to minimise their impact on the environment crossed
  • Throw nothing on the ground (that includes that which is not seen) at any location along the route (including in the villages)
  • Not to short-cut the paths because this encourages erosion which damages the site
  • Conserve the flora, respect the fauna, don't shout
  • Scrupulously respect the regulations in the nature reserves
  • Limit carbon footprints by using communal transport or by car-sharing.

Find all the actions which have been set up by clicking here


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