Delivering a sustainable event

As an ISO20121 certified event, we strive to manage our events in a sustainable way to help deliver our purpose of a cleaner future, faster.

Promoting waste reduction and recycling

This season we introduced a number of new initiatives to help educate and inspire our entire ecosystem to recycle whilst also reducing the amount of waste produced on site and sent to landfill. 

Thanks to our partnership with Umicore , we now have a closed-loop approach to recycling our lithium ion batteries.

We only use two sets of hybrid tyres per car per event, specially designed by Michelin for all weather conditions and 100% are recycled after use. Using hybrid tyres reduces tyre shipment by 30-50% compared to other motorsports.

a rack holding Michelin tyres at a Formula E pit lane

Working in close collaboration with Allianz, we introduced Hydration Stations and gave out reusable, recyclable water pouches in the dedicated Fan Zone – the Allianz E-Village - whilst also communicating to our vendors not to sell single-use plastic bottles on site. We were able to save the equivalent of over 200,000 330ml single-use plastic bottles in season five alone.

Our ‘Recycling Rangers’ can be found in areas of high activity at our events, assisting with educating teams, staff and spectators on how to maximise recycling and minimise waste. Our overall average recycling rate was 52% at events in season five.

Read about the positive impact we made in Mexico City in season five thanks to our efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling at our event.

Measuring and monitoring our carbon footprint

After each season, we work with an external sustainability consultancy, Quantis, to calculate our carbon footprint as part of our event life cycle assessment.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) takes a holistic view of the production, running and the end of life of the event, assessing its impact from cradle to grave, or to another cradle in the case of recycling or reuse of materials. The areas of Formula E activity that are assessed include freight, staff travel, spectator travel, event food, infrastructure, overlay and energy usage, and starting from season five, the development and production of the Gen2 cars

Our season five carbon footprint was 45,000 tCO2 -eq, which comes from the following activities: 

Over the seasons, we continuously monitor and measure our environmental impacts to understand where we can make real improvements in our operations and planning. Consistently across the first five seasons, our biggest impact on the climate comes from greenhouse gas emissions due to freight and transportation among the race locations. To reduce our climate impact, we need to optimise the race calendar to ship by boat and train rather than air freight. 

We also can make important reductions in our event carbon footprint by working with our suppliers to ensure the materials used and products like food served at our events have a low impact.

Driving sustainable solutions within our supply chain

In season five, we rolled out revolutionary new sustainable branding and trackside signage at race events, working together with our global branding supplier CSM Live. For the first time ever, we started using non-PVC material for our track-side signage to reduce plastic production and waste.

Working with specialist manufacturer and established supply chain partner HEXIS, CSM Live developed an innovative new polypropylene adhesive film to meet the specific needs of Formula E race events. The new trackside signage replaced previously used materials, helping reduce our environmental impact by cutting back on 35-kilometres of potential PVC waste in season five alone. This will be rolled out fully in season six.

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