The Transat Jacques Vabre, a unique eco-friendly event
Since 2007 the Transat Jacques Vabre has committed to ambitious environmental approach, considered by many as an example in the field of eco-sustainability in sports events.
For its 8th edition the Transat Jacques Vabre has chosen to head to durable development, becoming the first main sailing eventto reduce its environmental footprint ant to compensate the residual carbon emissions. For this reason, 79 people (organizers, sponsors, supporters, skippers) have signed the Transat Jacques Vabre Chart that commits them to respect five eco-friendly principles: promote seamanship values, encourage every person involved to aim at a responsible event, inform the large public of the challenges of the durable development and bio-diversity, develop local actions and the North/South relationship, reduce the ecological footprint of the event and contribute effectively to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
On this path, after the results obtained in 2007, in 2009 the event got the official support from the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Durable Development and the Sea as well as the support from Ademe , the agency for Environment and Energy (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie).
The project affects the following aspects: transports, water, energies, waste, paper as well as some communication projects aimed at the large public and North/South social and financial plans (important investments for the port of Puerto Limon). The focus was on the information to the public and to children, the carbon footprint has been evaluated in a more precise way, some new reductio plans are created and a re-forestation project is launched in Costa Rica to compensate the emissions linked to the Transat organization.
The strong commitment by the different partners of the Transat Jacques Vabre (Le Havre, the Transat Jacques Vabre association and Jacques Vabre, brand of the Mondelēz International group) allows to keep the ambitious targets of making the event more eco-sustainable. For the 12th edition, the event aims at:
- Continue with and develop the actions taken since 2007 aiming at reducing the environmental impact of the event, further commit the partners and the public to the challenges of eco-sustainability
- Strengthen the actions aiming at developing the social positive aspects of the event, especially at local level (Le Havre et Itajaí).
- Increase the use of car-sharing, train or bicycle transport
- Careful choice of food (seasonal products, local products, coming from organic agriculture or from equitable trade)
- Choice of local suppliers
- Actions taken locally in Brazil for the finish, in co-operation with the local community