Monaco #PositivelyCharged grid moment highlights how Formula E is accelerating change

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, its teams, drivers and host cities are accelerating positive change in a race towards a better future.

In Monaco, Formula E celebrated a series of partnerships that are driving this change ahead of the series’ return to the principality’s historic streets for the 2021 Monaco E-Prix.

Formula E looks to build positive lasting legacies in our host cities through community engagement and partnerships with local charities, putting people directly in the focus of our sustainability agenda.

Formula E: #PositivelyCharged

Host to Round 7 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship - the only net zero carbon sport in history - Monaco is on its own net zero journey, having set itself the target of cutting 55 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2030 on the way to carbon neutrality by 2050.

The rapid improvements in EV tech on-track, and the increase in range and performance brought about by the Gen2 era of Formula E meant that this season, the series took to the historic, full Monaco circuit for the very first time – and it produced an absolute classic.

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Formula E uses the platform of world-class motorsport to raise awareness, engage new audiences and fans, and bring them along with our race for better futures. A grid full of 24 all-electric racing cars firing up the hill by Massenet and the famous Casino Square, round the Grand Hotel Hairpin and through the inimitable Monaco tunnel ahead of the harbourfront chicane was some sight. They're all instantly recognisable turns, iconic sections of a legendary circuit that has long been the showpiece for motor racing's past, since 1929, and now its electric future.

FIA Girls on Track

Ahead of the Monaco E-Prix, Formula E and the FIA announced a six-year extension to their collaboration with the FIA Girls on Track programme, as ABB, Formula E’s title partner, join the initiative as its first global partner.

FIA Girls on Track was launched by the FIA Women in Motorsport commission in 2018 to raise awareness and increase the number of women in motorsport by unlocking opportunities and giving many their first experience in the industry.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has been hosting the grassroots programme since its inception, inviting young women aged between 8 and 18 years-old to discover, for free, different aspects of the motorsport industry through activities and workshops promoting inclusivity in an innovative, engaging and positive manner.

The Principality’s sustainability drive

The Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation is a long-term partner of the all-electric FIA World Championship and sustainability is a long-term focus of the Principality of Monaco. The foundation has concentrated efforts on environmental protection at home and abroad, with some €71m funding almost 600 projects since its creation.

Monaco grid moment

Monaco #PositivelyCharged Grid Moment: Formula E welcomed S.A.S. Prince Albert II, FIA President Jean Todt, President of the Automobile Club de Monaco Michel Boeri, Minister of State of Monaco H.E. Mr. Pierre Dartout, Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Olivier Wenden, the FIA’s Director of Formula E and Innovative Sport Activities Fred Bertrand alongside Founder and Chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag, Formula E Chief Executive Officer Jamie Reigle, Formula E’s Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo and Formula E’s Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer Hannah Brown.

Leading from the front as chair and founding member of the 60-town CITELEC EV association, the state is focussed on promoting electric vehicles with free access to more than 700 charging points provided in public car parks and roads and substantial grants for EV buyers.

Monaco’s Monte Carlo Beach and Monte Carlo Bay developments as well as the famed Café de Paris have each been awarded the prestigious Green Globe Gold Certification for eco and sustainability best practice.

Into the near future, the Mareterra eco-district will showcase the principality’s environmentally-conscious design philosophy, incorporating pedestrian-only areas amid the typically luxury apartments and villas Monaco is famed for. Parks, a marina and a seafront promenade will also feature, with e-bike stations to service the district – the bike-sharing programme already counting some 300 bikes and 35 stations in its infrastructure around the principality.

Monaco’s only four-wheel racing team, ROKiT Venturi Racing, announced that Ecoalf, a sustainable lifestyle brand whose products are made with 100 per cent sustainable materials, will be supplying its team kit from Season 8. Their materials include Ocean Yarn spun from plastic collected from the bottom of the ocean through their Upcycling the Oceans project - connecting with one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 14: Life Below Water) represented in the Monaco BOSS || EMOTION CLUB.

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