19 November 2013
McLaren reconfirms carbon neutral status
McLaren has again exercised its green credentials, re-establishing itself as carbon neutral.
It may not be having the best of seasons on-track, but McLaren can continue to count a class-leading success off it.
The world's first carbon-neutral F1 team has re-confirmed its carbon-neutral status and highlighted the team's environmental leadership by offsetting its carbon emissions.
With the assistance of its associate partner for sustainability, CNI UK, McLaren has invested in carbon projects which support a number of environmentally and socially responsible wind energy developments in India, China and Mexico. Over the past four years, the entire McLaren Group has rigorously examined, revised and improved every aspect of its operations in order to reduce its carbon footprint. However, because of the demands of F1, it is impossible to eliminate all CO2 emissions and, as a result, the team has committed to offset an equivalent amount of CO2 by investing in environmental projects around the world.
The latest project to receive support is a major combined wind project in Oaxaca region of Mexico. Based across three sites in the region, the 102MW project is made up of 68 turbines and will help to save 719,925 tonnes of CO2 annually. McLaren chose to support the project because, in addition generating green energy, the developers also contribute to the broader wellbeing of the region, by investing in projects including reforesting 152.8 hectares of land, creating an environmental education centre which has benefited 1,166 students, and establishing a high technology nursery to produce the plans used in reforestation.
“McLaren is committed to reducing the impact that we have on the environment by assessing each aspect of our operations and innovating to make them more efficient,” team principal Martin Whitmarsh commented, “In F1, we consider every possible factor which could deliver a performance benefit; we take exactly the same approach when cutting our carbon emissions, no saving is too small.
“But, because we will always emit some carbon, we took the bold step to mitigate that effect by investing in credible and responsible environmental projects, which deliver significant carbon savings alongside positive social impacts. The Oaxaca project is one such scheme and we are pleased that, with the expert support of CNI UK, we have been able to identify it. CNI UK's expertise and guidance has been invaluable in supporting our position as an environmental leader within F1.”
In recognition of McLaren's commitment to sustainability, it achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010, was recertified by the Carbon Trust in 2012 and recently became the first company in the world to receive the FIA Institute's Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.
“Having watched the team so far in the grand prix season, we are well aware of the effort that is put in on and off the track in order to strive for performance,” CNI managing director Edward Carlton commented, “Ultimately, this effort impacts our environment, and CNI UK is delighted to be able to assist McLaren when it comes mitigating this impact. We wish the team all the best for the rest of the season.”
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