Formula E Retaining Position As The World’s Most Sustainable Sport, Publishing Season 9 Sustainability Report

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Celebrating its ten years of Net Zero Carbon, Formula E released a Season 9 Sustainability Report today on Earth Day. It marked another key year for the all-electronic championship, reducing its emissions per race by 41% compared to Season 5 baseline. Freight emissions were also reduced by 41% compared to Season 5 and there was a 23% decrease year-on-year from calendar optimizations and biofuels. For the second year running, Formula E leads The Global Sustainability Benchmark in Sports (GSBS) of nearly five hundred global sports.

Formula E became the first global sports organization to align with PAS 2060 — the international specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality. All of their highlights and achievements were also awarded in three independent sustainability ranking tables. In addition to the already mentioned GSBS, the championship topped the Sustainable Motorsport Index (SMI), and the Sustainable Championships Index (SChI™).

It is the first motorsport series in the world to achieve FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation continuously since 2015 and to achieve third party certification for the international standard for sustainability in events (ISO 20121) continuously since 2018

Apart from the environmental part, progress was made in social issues as well.

There was a 140% increase in FIA Girls on Track participants in immersive educational workshops at track. Across eighty-seven universities, schools, charities and community groups, 13 400 people were positively engaged. Formula E also supports UNICEF’s mission to positively impact 2.5 million children and young people through its Safe and Healthy Environment fund.

On top of that, they invested more than €110,000 in community projects in the cities that host races, being a world-leading example of leaving a positive legacy in each place the championship visits.

Julia Pallé, Vice President, Sustainability in Formula E, said: “While still only ten years old, Formula E continues to lead the way in sustainability in sport and showcase that sustainability, performance and entertainment can all powerfully co-exist. As we continue to grow, we also continue to implement the most advanced and comprehensive measures that benefit both people and the planet, leaving a positive legacy in the markets where we race.”

“Sports organizations not only have a huge responsibility to reduce their own emissions, but leverage their huge fanbases, athletes and influence in making positive sustainable change that enhances not just the communities it impacts but the world we live in today.”

I think that Jeff Dodds, CEO of Formula E, concluded it very nicely:

“It is with great pleasure that we publish this sustainability report highlighting the tremendous work of everyone who makes up the championship and contributes to making us the leading example for sustainability in sport. Through this work, Formula E continues to advance innovation in electric vehicles and event delivery, and prove that we can be the most sustainable, most innovative and most exciting sport on the planet.”

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