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As a signatory of the UN Climate Neutral Now initiative, the first step to achieve net zero carbon is the measurement of an organisation’s carbon footprint. Since our inaugural season, Formula E has worked with carbon footprint experts to assess its championship through a Lifecycle Assessment model, covering impacts related to all race operations as well as Formula E’s headquarters. The annual analysis is used to monitor and calculate the championship’s greenhouse gas emissions, understand its main sources of impact on the environment and identify opportunities for further improvement in planning and operations.

Our Scope 1 and Scope 2 footprint includes energy and electricity consumption at all race sites and HQ, while Scope 3 emissions include all other emissions such as business travel, freight and car production.

Season 9 footprint:

SCOPE 1: 1.3%

SCOPE 2: 0.7%

SCOPE 3: 98%


As outlined by the UN Climate Neutral Now initiative, a key step to achieving a net zero carbon footprint, alongside measurement, is the reduction of all unavoidable emissions relating to an organisation's carbon footprint.

In 2021, following several seasons of meticulous work to ensure accurate measurement of our footprint, we set emission reduction targets to ensure meaningful reduction of our footprint. In doing so, we became the first sport in the world to have these targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and committed to reduce our absolute Scopes 1 & 2 GHG emissions by 60% by 2030 from Season 5 (2019) baseline. We also committed to reducing our absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 27.5% by 2030 from Season 5 (2019) baseline, which equates to an overall absolute reduction of emissions relating to Scopes 1,2 and 3 of 45% by 2030. These targets are consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

As of Season 9, we have achieved a reduction of 27% in overall emissions compared to the Season 5 baseline, meaning we are on track to meet our near-term SBTs for Scopes 1 & 2 and are trending in the right direction to meet our Scope 3 near-term target and more than halfway to achieving our target in just three years.

Science-Based Targets

Efforts are made across every area of the championship to minimise environmental impacts and make progress towards achieving our Science-Based Targets (SBTs).

Formula E has also developed a Climate Transition Plan in line with the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework requirements and standards and is designed to demonstrate how we will become more resilient to climate impacts as a sport and achieve our emissions reductions targets by 2030.

Science Based Targets

In Season 6, Formula E invested in enough renewable energy projects in race markets to offset all unavoidable emissions since inception. This enabled Formula E to become the first motorsport and major sport in the world to achieve net zero carbon (based on the 2020 definition).

These projects have environmental, social, and economic benefits as they not only focus on renewable energy production, but provide job opportunities for local communities, drive the local economies and raise awareness about electric vehicles. Visit our dedicated Net Zero since Day Zero website for more information on all the projects invested in by Formula E.

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During Season 9, Formula E built on its net zero carbon (based on the 2020 definition) commitment by becoming the first global sports organisation to align with PAS 2060, the international specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality. The PAS 2060 Qualifying Explanatory Statement demonstrates that Formula E Operations Ltd has aligned to the international standard on contributing to carbon neutrality.

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