12 Dec 19
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is at the forefront of sustainable studies. It takes a holistic view of the production, running and the end of life of the event, assessing its impact from the cradle to the grave, or to another cradle.
The LCA not only calculates our carbon footprint, but also performs a comprehensive data collection incorporating the championship’s impact on climate change, water footprint, ecosystems quality, natural resources and human health. The areas of Formula E activity that are assessed include freight, business travel, event logistics and management, spectator travel, infrastructure and overlay and energy consumption.
For season 5, we plan to expand our scope to include the development and production of the cars and batteries.
We continue to monitor and measure our environmental impacts to understand where we can make real improvements in our operations and planning. Consistently across the first four seasons, our biggest impact on the climate comes from greenhouse gas emissions due to freight/transportation between the race sites. Other key impact areas include staff travel to the races, especially those outside of Europe, and meals and drinks served at the events.
To work on reducing our climate impact, we need to better optimize the race calendar to ship by boat and train rather than air freight. We also have a clear opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint by serving lower carbon meals, specifically, more vegetarian or chicken options.