Committed to Sustainability
Sustainability and our Green Commitment
‘Sustainability’ is a popular term today, however, it is not new for us. The Soča Outdoor Festival and sustainability have been intertwined since the first performances of the event at Sotočje. We develop the festival according to the principles of responsible, sustainable business conduct, we strive to reduce the negative impact on the natural and social environment while preserving and highlighting the specifics, the identity of the environment in which the festival takes place.
Our sustainable practices are being upgraded every year. We are committed to continuously improving the sustainability of our event, and we also encourage our visitors to do so. In addition to preserving the natural environment, we promote the development of a healthy, inclusive society and support the local community and economy.
Sustainable is much more than just “green”. When organizing a sustainable event, we strive to minimize negative impacts and best contribute to the well-being of the community, visitors and others involved. Our goal is to achieve an optimal balance between environmental, social, and economic responsibility.
Sustainable development continues to be the priority of Soča Outdoor Festival. We strive to minimize negative impacts and contribute as much as possible to the well-being of the community, visitors and others involved. When planning and implementing our event, we follow the Guidelines for Green Events of the Slovenian Tourist Board.
We believe that trail running and other outdoor activities can contribute positively to the preservation of the environment and educate the public about the need to take into account the impact of our activities on the planet. Our sport has a unique power to stimulate wider social change that prioritizes sustainable development and reducing our carbon footprint, so that the beauty of our planet, our nature, can be enjoyed by future generations. This is precisely why the Soča Outdoor Festival joined the ITRA Green Charter initiative, which encourages the organizers of trail running events to introduce sustainable and responsible practices and reduce the impact of our sport on the environment.
To learn more about the commitment and initiative, visit International Trail Running Association’s website: https://www.itra.run/About/Eco-Responsibility
Action plan 2023
Hosting a sustainable event is a responsible task that requires important planning and coordination to achieve the set goals. Every year we prepare a special Action plan with measures and actions that would help us to reduce negative impacts on the environment and strengthen positive effects on the local community. In the Action plan for Soča Outdoor Festival 2023, we have set the following goals:
Area 1: Waste reduction
- Virtual gift bag
- Plastic packaging reduction
- Collection of plastic bottles in a special container
- Reducing the amount of waste generated as an organizer
- Use of reusable marker tapes and flags
- Increase the proportion of separately collected waste
- Paperless registration
Area 2: Reducing the carbon footprint
- Carbon footprint offsetting
- Calculating the carbon footprint of the festival
- Encouraging ride-sharing
- Organization of a bus service from Zagreb
- 20% discount on the entry fee in 2024 in case of coming to the event by public transport
Strand 3: Social responsibility
- Collection of voluntary contributions for the Mountain Rescue Service
- Cycling and jogging trail improvement campaign
- Invitation to local suppliers to participate in the festival free of charge with their offer
- Lecture on sustainability as part of the Fables for outdoor freaks
- Competitors accept the Green Commitment of the Festival upon registration
- Event partners participate in sustainability initiatives
- All those involved in the organization and execution of the event are made aware of sustainable and responsible behavior
In addition to our goal to remain the leading outdoor festival in Slovenia and beyond, we also aim to remain a leading event and an example of good practice in the field of sustainable development. Through our activities, we want to encourage the organisation of events based on sustainability principles and show other organisers how they can incorporate sustainable practices into their events.
Due to the potential negative impacts on the environment brought by the organization and implementation of the event with a larger number of participants, we decided to assess the environmental impacts. The analysis, prepared by experts from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology from the University of Maribor showed that the total carbon footprint of the Soča Outdoor Festival 2019 was 104,257 kg, which means 74.2 kg of CO2 per visitor. We believe that we can reduce this, so we are actively designing new initiatives that will help us do so.