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Formula E Claims To Be First Sport To Have Net Zero Carbon Footprint

Sep 18, 2020

ABB FIA Formula E Championship has announced that it is the first sport to have a net zero carbon footprint since inception by investing in internationally certified projects in all race markets to offset emissions from six seasons of electric racing.

The announcement was made during the launch of Climate Week NYC 2020. Following the recommended approach set out by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Formula followed three key steps to achieve a net zero carbon footprint:

  1. Effective measurement of carbon output
  2. Prioritising reducing its footprint and;
  3. Offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions.

Working closely with Quantis, the leading life cycle assessment and sustainability experts, Formula E has been calculating the overall footprint of the championship since its inaugural season, with a continual focus on lowering emissions.

Some of the emission reduction measures, include optimising transport and logistics, extending end-of-life options for lithium-ion battery cells and cutting out single-use plastics on site allowing Formula E to become the first and only racing category to receive third-party ISO 20121 certification for sustainable events.

Unavoidable emissions from the past six seasons have now  been certified as offset through investment in Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard UN projects in line with the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism.

The projects selected are socially sustainable, advance renewable energy production and maximise the environmental benefits of electric cars, building on Formula E’s work to date to deliver positive, tangible legacies in race markets. Read more about these projects here.

It should be noted that Formula E is not currently a member of the Race to Zero campaign. It remains to be seen how their strategy will evolve.

Find out how to join the Race to Zero here.

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