Honda's Formula One team has shown that it doesn't just carry the earthdreams banner into each and every grand prix, after being awarded a notable environmental accreditation.

The team revealed that its Brackley headquarters has achieved ISO14001 certification - the first time that the accreditation has been granted specifically to an F1 team - underlining its commitment to taking specific action on environmental issues.

ISO14001 is the international specification for an environmental management system, and accreditation to the standard shows that the team's systems conform to the internationally comparable audit requirement, having effectively implemented its own environmental management system.

"Obtaining ISO14001 certification is not an easy thing for a Formula One team to achieve," CEO Nick Fry stressed, "However, our earthdreams initiative is at the core of our team culture and it is important that we, like our project partners, strive to do our best to minimise our impact on the environment in the course of our business.

"This is a step along the way and there are many areas where we can continue to improve, but it's very pleasing that our efforts have been rewarded by the respected ISO standard - and that we met its tough criteria at our first attempt. We are showing that running a business that is as highly pressured as Formula One and doing the right thing are entirely complementary."

The inspection and accreditation process was carried out by the SGS Group and was a success first time round.

"The Honda team has shown clearly how certification to ISO14001 can form an important part of its business and marketing strategy," SGS managing director Pauline Earl said, "In order to gain this prestigious certification, the team has made great strides to improve its environmental impact, demonstrating their commitment to develop a sustainable business practice."

Work towards ISO14001 began in 2005 with management training initiatives on environmental issues. The team is now working on specific targets to reduce its CO2 emissions.

"Contrary to popular belief, the fuel that we use to race and test our cars forms around only one per cent of our CO2 emissions footprint," Fry continued, "The vast majority is from power use at our factory and air transportation of people and equipment around the world. This gives us some formidable challenges to reduce our consumption, but we intend to see the same technology and ingenuity that we deploy on our F1 car to make a worthwhile contribution to reducing our CO2 emissions."

Parent company Honda has a strong track record of leading the way in reducing global CO2 emissions. The 1972 Honda Civic was the first car to pass California's Clean Air Act and the 2008 Honda FCX Clarity is the world's first mass-produced zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell car. Today, 85 per cent of every Honda car is recyclable.

 

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