As the Eneco Tour unfolds in the Netherlands this week, it also gives a loud and clear environmental message. This combat is encouraged by the UCI and its reCycling label.
The organisers of the Eneco Tour, a UCI WorldTour stage race, have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 25% in the last four years, according to a statement from the organiser. Not surprising. For the last few years, the Dutch event has been at the forefront of a drive for an environmentally friendly sport. The organiser explains the reasons behind this green success: âelectric cars, public transport and bikes for VIPs, catering using biological and local products, solar and wind powered energy, on-line communication.â
The Eneco Tour received the UCI reCycling label in August 2013 as part of the UCIâs policy to increase awareness within the cycling family of the ecological cause. With Eneco, the reCycling project has a new ambassador, and one that carries weight. Other races have already taken the step: in 2012, the Italian round of the UCI Womenâs Road World Cup, Trofel Alfredo Binda, received the eco label. The Tour de Romandie means to do the same.
Several Mountain Bike and Cyclo-cross World Championships have already turned green: the off-road disciplines have been sensitive to environmental issues for a long time. The Eneco Tourâs commitment is important to bring the road discipline up to scratch in this domain. From now on, the Commissaires include ecological performances of races in their reports.
An ecological index for events
The Dutch organisers aim to work alongside the UCI to standardise cyclingâs green actions. The project involves the establishment of a practical guide and of a green classification for UCI races.
âThe Eneco Tour and the UCI hope that his collaboration will encouraging professional cycling to be even more eco-responsible,â concludes the organiser in its release.
Picture: L'Eneco Tour has been awarded the UCI reCycling label for its commitment to the environment