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Project results POPFREE Ski Goes Global

The POPFREE Ski Goes Global project aimed to pave the way for reduced use of PFAS at the international competition level.

The project examined awareness of the health and environmental risks of PFAS and the interest in the use of PFAS-free ski waxes among elite skiers and professional ski waxers. Technologies that can enable fast and accurate control of PFAS content on skis were screened and proposed. And together with key stakeholders from international skiing, a joint roadmap was drafted for how to phase out PFAS in competitive skiing. 

During the project, the FIS Council decided to introduce a total fluoride ban in all skiing disciplines from the winter season 2020/2021. The ban has now been postponed until season 2023/2024 due to that more time was needed to develop a robust and validated measurement method to detect PFAS on skies before competition in order to guarantee a fair sport. Here you can read more about FIS's decision and here you will find the press release from RISE in connection with the decision being published.

Duration: 2019-03-04 - 2019-10-31

Total budget: 1 006 286 SEK

Funded by: Vinnova 

Project team: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Peak Innovation, NILU Norwegian Institute for Air Research, WSL - Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), Brav Norway AS