LuxembourgHow Skoda-Tour wants to go green
In 2022, the Tour de Luxembourg became the first race to carry out a full assessment of its impact on the environment.
While Mattias Skjelmose was making his mark on the roads of the Grand Duchy in September, the organization Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg was calculating his impact on the environment down to the smallest detail. The first world that allowed the race to identify points it needed to improve.
“A lot of organizers don’t want to do it because they’re afraid of the consequences,” said Andy Schleck, the race’s president. We do not hide, we know that we have an impact on the environment, but with this report, we show that we want to improve”. “It’s something that can help revolutionize cycling, and that sports fans want,” says Adam Kramer, CEO of nZero, a data-gathering startup in which Schleck is a shareholder.
The organization of the Tour de Luxembourg has been investigated in more detail, down to counting the number of water bottles used by the team in hotels. And as a result of this investigation, measures have been taken for 2023, from the most ambitious ones – using only electric cars in the organizers’ fleet – to the historic ones – sending the rankings to the teams by email instead of printing them. “If we already fix small things, we can change a lot, argues Andy Schleck more. It has been a personal challenge for me, the Tour de Luxembourg can be an example”.
If certain problem points clearly cannot be changed immediately, such as the TV helicopter, Skoda-Tour wants to improve its environmental impact in all possible ways, such as serving more chicken instead of beef in its VIP area.