McLaren has been recertified with the Carbon Trust Standard for successfully measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions across all of its UK operations, it has been announced.
The achievement makes Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the first Formula 1 team to retain the Carbon Trust Standard, and also underlines the Group's 'continuous quest to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its direct operations'.
The McLaren Group was first awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in December 2010 after several years of rigorous assessment, and has honed its energy efficiency strategies to reduce its carbon footprint on a relative basis by 9 per cent - based on tonnes of carbon and equivalent (CO2e) emissions relative to head-count - despite a two-year period of significant expansion within McLaren Automotive, which has seen the construction of the 32,000 square metre manufacturing facility, the McLaren Production Centre.
“As an environmentally conscious group of companies we are extremely proud to have retained the Carbon Trust Standard, in turn becoming the first F1 team ever to do so. The process has enabled us to identify new areas to increase carbon efficiency, bringing significant energy savings to all of our operations,” said Martin Whitmarsh, chief operating officer of McLaren Group, and team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.
“It is especially satisfying to obtain recertification during a period of considerable growth across the Group, particularly within McLaren Automotive. This demonstrates our commitment to pioneering future technologies, developing new methodologies and relentlessly innovating to improve carbon efficiency.
“While this achievement is an important marker for us, it is crucial that we recognise that the Carbon Trust Standard is an ongoing process. Reducing our carbon emissions and improving our energy efficiency represents a constantly moving target – and one that our whole company is committed to pursuing.”
Darran Messem, managing director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, added: “It is really encouraging to see a high profile organisation like McLaren Group making real improvements to retain the Carbon Trust Standard.
“McLaren Group's achievement is clear evidence of the significant results in carbon reduction that can be delivered through senior sponsorship from the top and entrenched good practise throughout a business.
“McLaren Group's carbon reduction relative to head count demonstrates that growth can be decoupled from carbon to grow your business without proportionally increasing emissions.”