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The IBU season 2023/2024 is set to get underway with the opening BMW IBU World Cup in Östersund (SWE) on 25 November 2023 as new rules and sustainability commitments will be showcased for the first time. 

Östersund is one of nine World Cup Organising Committees this season, in addition to World Championship host Nove Mesto na Morave, to have voluntarily signed the IBU’s new Sustainability Charter. By signing the Charter, the Organising Committees have pledged to six commitments with concrete actions that help focus and fast-track efforts to reduce environmental impact while enhancing social legacies. 

The Charter is aligned with the IBU’s Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030 and is the latest step in making sustainability an integral part of the IBU’s event bidding and management process. It follows the contractual obligation on all hosts to measure and report their emissions, which has been in place since the 2021/2022 season, and from the 2026-2030 event cycle onwards, sustainability obligations on all Organising Committees will become a key hosting criterion. 

In keeping with the IBU’s commitment to minimising its impact on the environment, the IBU will implement a full fluor ban this season to mitigate environmental and health concerns. The full ban from 2023/2024 onwards was announced in March 2022 and the IBU has since engaged in regular dialogue and education seminars with National Federations (NFs), their teams and technicians. Most recently, in September 2023, a Seminar was held with team technicians from approximately 30 nations to work ……….

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