The ABB Formula E Championship has become the first motorsport category to achieve a net zero carbon footprint.

Since its conception as all-electric series in 2014, Formula E has worked to achieve its carbon neutrality goal by following recommendations of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Formula E says it has followed three key steps to achieve a net zero carbon footprint: effective measurement of carbon output, prioritising reducing its footprint and offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions.

Its emission reduction measures included optimising transport and logistics, extending end-of-life options for lithium-ion battery cells and cutting out single-use plastics on site during events.

Last week, Formula E’s CEO Jamie Reigle signed the UN’s EU 2030 letter in support of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign for a decarbonised economy.

“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,” Reigle said.

“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.”

FIA president Jean Todt said he welcomed what he described as an “important step” for the championship.

“I welcome this important step forward by the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the environment,” he added.

“Indeed, we are both signatories 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 motorsport and mobility’s contribution to society.”

Last November, F1 set out its plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. 

 

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