14 Jan 21
Envision Virgin Racing has been certified carbon neutral after an analysis by the Carbon Trust, becoming the first team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to earn PAS 2060 carbon neutrality status.
The achievement sees the team become one of just a handful in world sport to have achieved the accolade and covers its operational facilities in Silverstone and London, as well as race and business travel for up to 40 personnel.
The announcement was made during the team’s ‘Race Against Climate Change Live’ summit, held back at the start of August – featuring speakers such as actor and UN Ambassador Aidan Gallagher, Professor Michael E. Mann and footballer Hector Bellerin – just one of a number of sustainability initiatives the team oversees.
As part of its drive for sustainability, Envision Virgin Racing also mandates a 100 percent renewable energy mix, has installed EV charging points at its Silverstone headquarters, recycles more than two-thirds of its total waste and has implemented a staff bike-to-work scheme and a zero tolerance policy on the use of single-use plastics and red meat at events.
Jennifer Babington, Operations Director at Envision Virgin Racing, said: “Given there are just a handful of sports teams to have achieved this accolade – and even fewer motorsport teams – I know every single staff member is immensely proud of our achievement.
"We’ve long been regarded as more than just a race team, using our platform to raise awareness of climate change, but we wanted to practice what we preached."
The team has set about offsetting its reduced carbon footprint by using VERRA-approved schemes like the Kenya-based Aqua Clara Water Filter Scheme, cutting 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by using filtration instead of boiling for water purification.
Established in 2001, the Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation that works with businesses, governments and institutions globally to help them contribute to, and benefit from, a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies, and commercialising low carbon businesses, systems and technologies.
John Newton, Associate Director at the Carbon Trust, commented: “Envision Virgin Racing first started working with the Carbon Trust at the beginning of season four and has now taken the appropriate measures to have its own operations certified carbon neutral for all seasons since then.
"This has been strengthened by a commitment to ensure it will maintain this status going forward. The influence a sports team has in this space should never be underestimated and by demonstrating their own action on sustainability they can inspire others, whether businesses or fans, to also take action.”