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Formula E becomes first global sport to achieve a zero-carbon footprint

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the first sport to achieve a certified net zero-carbon footprint through implementing the use of effective measurement of carbon output, offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions and prioritising the reduction of the race championships footprint.

Since its inaugural season in 2014, Formula E have recognised their carbon footprint and have took the necessary steps to reduce their carbon output. The announcement came after CEO Jamie Reigle’s attendance at the Climate Week NYC 2020, where Reigle signed a letter to show his support of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign.

“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship aims to deliver better futures through racing, and we are committed to playing a leading role in counteracting the effects of climate change.

“As a sport built on purpose, we remain committed to grow our sustainable practices and hope to inspire others to join us on our journey.” Reigle commented.

Six contributing factors have been assessed by the race championships in how they can reduce their footprint including: staff travel, freight travel, spectators travel, event food, car production, operations.

Freight travel was the largest contributor totalling 72 percent of Formula E’s total carbon footprint as its used to transport vehicles in between races. Though, Formula E’s aim is to reduce that by 25 percent come the 2022-23 season.

Some emissions can be classed as “unavoidable” such as, spectator travel. A no-parking policy at events has been introduced to combat that while helping with other projects in race areas. Formula E have help with generating wind power energy in the likes of Morocco and Uruguay, as well as promoting the use of biomass energy in China.

What has also been effective for Formula E is their sustainability programme. Based around three key values, delivering sustainable events, having a positive and meaningful impact on the local environment and promoting electric cars in addressing air pollution, the programme has helped Formula E analyse their operations and logistics when organising races and events.

Jamie Reigle concludes with, “We have a responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of our global sport and are pleased to support vital environmental projects in each of our race markets,”

Author: James Parker