Reports and recognitions

To ensure we continue to advance against our vision and objectives, we report and evaluate our progress annually and use recognitions to reinforce and legitimise our efforts.

Sustainability reports

After each season, we produce a sustainability report that shares our contributions and impact on society, the economy and the environment. We also highlight our major sustainable achievements and outline our objectives for the next season. Our reports highlight our commitment to benchmarking and improving on our sustainability performance whilst being honest about the challenges we face in the future.

Our previous sustainability reports are available to view online:

Recognitions

Net zero from inception

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the first sport series to have a net zero carbon footprint from inception, investing in internationally certified projects in all race markets to offset emissions from six seasons of electric racing.

Formula E’s announcement was made during the launch of Climate Week NYC 2020. Following the recommended approach set out by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Formula E 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.

ISO20121

In July 2018, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship became the first motorsport championship to achieve third party ISO20121 certification, by certification body SGS

This certification helps us to manage our events in a sustainable way, promoting social inclusivity, economic prosperity and environmental protection. Annual monitoring keeps us competitive and committed to challenging business as usual, and three specific objectives help to keep us on track:

  • ENGAGING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES:  We engage with our local communities in order to build acceptance, consent and support for our events and message. Our efforts are tailored to each race city to ensure we meet the needs of key stakeholder groups and local charities.
  • COLLABORATING WITH OUR SUPPLY CHAIN: Working towards shared goals together with our suppliers strengthens relationships and reduces emissions. We are continually looking to improve through innovation and dedication to using more sustainable products and services.
  • MONITORING AND MEASURING OUR IMPACTS: After each season we calculate our total carbon footprint and publish a sustainability report. Our reporting covers a number of environmental, economic and social categories and enables us to focus on making improvements where it matters most.

FIA Environmental Accreditation

We were the first championship to be awarded FIA’s Environmental Accreditation at three-star level. We are continuing to use the tools and support made available to us from FIA’s sustainable body to build upon this.

Other awards

Signatories

UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action programme was developed to work towards two overarching goals:

  1. Achieving a clear trajectory for the global sports community to combat climate change, through commitments and partnerships according to verified standards, including measuring, reducing, and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, in-line with Paris Agreement
  2. Using sports as a unifying tool to federate and create solidarity among global citizens for climate action

As one of the first signatories to this agreement, Formula E has committed to measuring, reducing, and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, in-line with science based targets, and well below the 2-degree scenario in the Paris Agreement.

As part of our commitment to the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action programme, Formula E will adhere to the following five principles:

  1. Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility
  2. Reduce our overall climate impact
  3. Educate for climate action
  4. Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
  5. Advocate for climate action through communication

See Formula E’s progress against this framework so far

Charter of eco-responsible commitments for major sporting events in France

In 2017, Formula E signed a three-year sustainable charter together with WWF and the French Ministry of Sport highlighting 15 sustainability commitments for the Paris E-Prix, with targets and actions for each. The commitments cover a wide range of topics from catering, transport and waste to accessibility, inclusiveness and treatment of volunteers. 

RE100

Formula E is also a signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative with CDP, to support influential companies working towards 100% renewable energy targets. We partner with The Climate Group to work towards a future of net-zero emissions. 

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) alignment

Our efforts to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cut across every area of our business practise. Our work directly contributes to 9 of the 17 SDGs, thanks to our promotion of electric vehicles, partnerships to fight climate change and support of technological advancements.

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EU 2030

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship signed the EU 2030 letter in September 2020, supporting the UN’s global Race to Zero campaign for a decarbonised economy that guards against future threats, creates quality employment opportunities and nurtures inclusive, sustainable growth.

Formula E was one of almost 150 businesses invited by the UN to sign the letter, which calls for the support of European leaders in avoiding the worst effects of climate change and securing a sustainable, competitive economic recovery by:

  • Endorsing the ambitions of the European Green Deal
  • Submitting resilient recovery plans, enabling the green investments needed to deliver climate neutrality
  • Agreeing a clearly defined target to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 and associated objectives
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