Most athletes, teams and media representatives will have to travel up to Åre which undeniably results in carbon emissions. In addition, spectators travelling from near and far will further contribute to the event’s emissions. Reducing the total carbon footprint is one of the focus areas of the Åre 2019 sustainability program.
Colabitoil Sweden AB is the official supplier of biodiesel HVO 100 (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) to Åre 2019. Colabitoil is hence one of the most important cooperation partners when it comes to the efforts of Åre 2019 to reduce its carbon footprint. Through a detailed analysis of all power and fuel needs, the organizers have chosen renewable energy options wherever possible to meet the operational needs with the least emissions. This pioneering work has been comprehensive and only few exceptions, such as for the rescue helicopter (for safety reasons), have had to be made.
Colabitoil is not only providing renewable fuel to meet the needs of Åre 2019 but also those of the Championships’ partners and suppliers.
– We will set up two additional service stations in Åre for the Championships. They will be available when approaching Åre from either direction, from Östersund or Trondheim, and will serve all the daily visitors who can conveniently fill up with HVO before returning home, said Daniel Arenholm, Head of Communications & Investor Relations at Colabitoil.
– The use of renewable bio diesel is less widespread in Central Europe than here in the North and we are keen to increase the awareness of alternative fuel options among the international ski community. Even the rental vehicles available to the national teams through our partner Europcar will run on HVO, added Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.
The snow cats that are already now preparing the competition slopes run on HVO, as do the snow blowers that will be used on the slopes to remove excess snow after heavy snowfall. The shuttle busses transporting visitors from the park and ride areas will roll green as well. HVO will also provide power and heating to the large three-floor tent in the finish area that houses the media center and VIP hospitality. In town, the SJ fun train that operates between the Arena and train station will be running on HVO.
What is HVO Biodiesel?
HVO stands for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil which is a renewable and fossil free diesel produced in the process of hydrogenation. It is also known as the Green Diesel. Its special feature is the ability to operate in temperatures as cold as -30C. HVO is free of aromatics and sulfur and burns very effectively.
It is a so-called drop-in fuel, meaning that it is chemically equivalent to fossil diesel fuel and can be used in existing diesel engines without technical blend walls. HVO can be produced from many kinds of vegetable oils and fats such as rapeseed oil and soybean oil as feedstock.
HVO100 is not just a fossil fuel free alternative. Colabitoil conducts cutting edge research in the fields of energy and the environment. For example, by recycling residual products from the forest industry in the form of vegetable oils, Colabitoil takes advantage of energy that would otherwise be wasted and thus contributes to a circular economy.