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Endurance 2040+

British Triathlon's Sustainability Strategy

In October 2023, we launched our sustainability strategy, Endurance 2040+, the next step in our commitment to be net-zero by 2040 and protect the natural environment.  Triathlon, like many other sports, relies on our planet’s natural resources – allowing us to enjoy all nature has to offer whilst we swim, bike and run.  We recognise our role to ensure we contribute to health and prosperity for all within the ecological limits of the planet to protect the opportunities for future generations.


 
 

Our Vision

Develop a more sustainable future for triathlon: swimming in cleaner water, breathing cleaner air, and training in a healthier environment, which has positive benefits for everyone. 

To achieve this vision, we developed Endurance 2040+ in collaboration with our Sustainability Commission, focusing us on three key areas: Water and Air Quality, Climate Action and Net-Zero, and Responsible Consumption.

Our Strategy

CLEAN WATER SPORTS ALLIANCE

Announced on 30 April 2024, British Triathlon is one of seven sporting national governing bodies that have come together to form the Clean Water Sports Alliance.

The Clean Water Sports Alliance of Angling Trust, British Rowing, British Triathlon, GB Outrigger, Paddle UK, Royal Yachting Association and Swim England has united over the issue of water pollution, setting the vision to achieve healthy and nature-rich blue spaces across the UK for everyone to enjoy water sports.

The Alliance has set out three priorities that will inform its actions:  

  1. Further and faster action on pollution. Improving the health of UK waters by 2030 

  1. Enable people to make real-time informed choices about where and when to participate in water-based sports and activities    

  1. Recognition of all recreational water users across decision making and policy  

Aligned to its own priorities, the Alliance is making three asks of regulators and decision makers:  

  1. Regulators to be adequately funded to monitor, investigate and hold polluters to account, harnessing nature-based solutions   

  1. Enable accurate access to real-time water quality information all year round including the compulsory monitoring of all sewage outlets; recognition of open source science relating to water quality and the creation of a centralised information hub for all water sports users   

  1. Advocate a change from ‘bathing waters’ to ‘recreation waters’ within government policy to recognise the wide range of activities that depend on clean water  

 

CLEAN WATER SPORTS ALLIANCE

Our sustainability Commission

In 2020 we recruited a Sustainability Commission of experts from academia, business, and sport, balancing those with knowledge of triathlon with fresh perspectives to advise on the development of the strategy.  It now provides important monitoring and evaluation guidance to support our sustainability working group on the execution of the strategy.

Learn more about the members of the commission here

Events

Sunderland hosted the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series and received the World Triathlon Sustainability Gold Certificate for its sustainable practices. To learn more about the event's sustainability practices click here.

Swansea, the host of the 2023 World Triathlon Para Series, received the World Triathlon Sustainability Silver Certificate for the second consecutive year.  To find out more about the event's sustainability practices, please click here.

What about other events?

Through the British Triathlon event permitting process, event organisers are recommended to conduct water quality testing at specific intervals to help ensure water quality remains within acceptable limits

  • One month before the event 
  • Two weeks before the event 
  • One week before the event 

It is also recommended that the event organiser communicates information about water quality testing to participants ahead of the event as it is their responsibility to ensure the water is safe. Events cannot run if water quality is poor, as per the EU Water Directive. 

Find out more about event permitting here.

 

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