Formula E is the first sport to achieve a ‘net zero’ carbon footprint, dating back to its inception in 2014.
The electric racing series invests in carbon reduction projects around the world to offset ‘unavoidable emissions’.
Its six seasons of racing so far have been measured and certified sustainable and carbon neutral, following the approach set out by the United Nations.
Boosting the benefits of EVs
Carbon offsetting projects that Formula E has invested in include landfill gas energy regeneration in the USA, Chile and Malaysia, wind power schemes in Morocco, Argentina and Uruguay, plus biomass energy capture in China.
According to Formula E, these schemes are ‘socially sustainable, advance renewable energy production and maximise the environmental benefits of electric cars‘.
In terms of the actual racing, Formula E’s efforts to cut emissions include ‘extending end-of-life options for lithium-ion battery cells’ and banishing single-use plastics at events.
2021 season starts in January
Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, said: “We are committed to play a leading role in counteracting the effects of climate change. [We] hope to inspire others to join us on our journey”.
FIA president Jean Todt added: “”I welcome this important step forward by the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the environment”.
The 2021 Formula E season kicks off on 16 January in Chile, and concludes with the London ePrix on 24 and 25 July. Manufacturer teams competing including BMW, Jaguar and Porsche.