Formula E vows to expand sustainability programme after being ISO 20121 certified

Competition becomes the first motorsport category to achieve the feat after focusing on reducing its emissions, managing waste and sourcing sustainable products

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Formula E relies on no permanent infrastructure, instead racing in city centres (Credit: Formula E)

The FIA Formula E Championship has vowed to “expand” its sustainability programme after becoming the first category in motorsport to achieve ISO 20121 certification.

Certification was confirmed following a third-party audit, which found that the electric street racing competition hit the three main criteria: becoming more socially responsible, creating a successful financial model and reducing its environmental footprint.

Formula E was recognised for a number of sustainability initiatives, not least its preference to avoid permanent infrastructure. Races take part in the heart of each host city, meaning that Formula E has one of the lowest carbon footprint of all major regular sporting events (a ratio of 86kg of CO2 per spectator).

It has created an optimised race calendar alongside logistics partner DHL, reducing air freight and saving up to 15,000 t CO2 each season – the amount of annual emissions created by 1,500 European inhabitants.

The Championship – whose senior sustainability consultant, Julie Pallé, recently became the president of Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) – also employs an extensive waste management scheme and sources the majority of its products from sustainable suppliers.

But its sustainability work won’t stop there; Formula E has committed to increase its sustainability work throughout its “entire ecosystem”.

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, said he wanted other sports and categories of racing to “take inspiration” from the sustainability work Formula E was doing, and its ISO 20121 certification.

“The achievement is a to our entire ecosystem working towards a common goal of continuously improving our sustainability credentials and working with our supply chain at events to inspire others to make a conscious effort in minimising the impact on the environment,” he added.

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