ABB Formula E championship the first sport to achieve net zero carbon footprint

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has achieved its goal of becoming the first sport to achieve a certified net zero carbon footprint from inception.

From the very first season of all-electric single-seat racing back in 2014-15, the aim of the sport was not only to provide action-packed wheel-to-wheel racing accessible to fans in some of the most iconic city street settings in the world, but also to promote future technology transferrable to the road cars of the future and achieve a net zero carbon footprint.

Now, the popular series can proudly reveal that it has indeed achieved that admirable goal, during the launch of Climate Week NYC 2020.

‘With a founding purpose to counteract climate change, Formula E’s commitment to deliver better futures through racing drives its ongoing environmental, economic and social sustainability initiatives around the world,” read the official ABB FIA Formula E Championship press release.

‘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.

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

Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, said: “The ABB FIA Formula E Championship aims to deliver better futures through racing, and we are committed to play a leading role in counteracting the effects of climate change. We have actively measured and reduced our emissions since our inception and are proud to have achieved a net zero carbon footprint by offsetting our remaining emissions.

“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. 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.”

Jean Todt, FIA President, added: “I welcome this important step forward by the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the Environment. Indeed, we are both signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and this is one of the four key pillars of #PurposeDriven, the movement launched by the FIA to increase motor sport and mobility’s contribution to society.”

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