Sustainability & Motorsport - Part 3

12 January 2021 – Greening racing teams!

We know that, in the mind of the common people, motorsport sector is not so close to a sustainable management of its events from environmental and social standpoint. However over the last 10 years much has been done.

Right Hub, as expert of the matter in motorsport sector, would like to give you some great examples across the last decade (…actually even before), that many of you may not know and expect.

With this third part contribution (haven’t you read the first and second parts yet? link part 1 - link part 2) we would like to share the “state of the art” at the date about the adoption of green practices, ISO environmental certifications and other accreditations by the two and four wheels racing teams.

If you are not familiar with the “jargon” used, reading the good practices, please have a look at the glossary of terms footer for a quick and easy understanding.

Finally here below the list of good practices of racing teams.

2006: Team Humangest neutralized the carbon dioxide emissions produced by the logistics of staff and races of the 4 riders for the 2006 season of the World Motorcycling Championship class 125cc and 250cc.

2010: MotoGP Team Yamaha Motor Racing was the first ever MotoGP team, even in all motorsports, in the world to achieve ISO 14001 Environmental System Management Certification, then in 2013 it achieved OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety System Management Certification (replaced in 2019 with ISO 45001).

2013: Formula 1 McLaren Mercedes Team achieved the “FIA - Sustainability Accreditation 3 Star Rating”. It was the first ever motorsport organization in the world to achieve it.

2019: Formula E Mahindra Racing Team achieved the “FIA - Sustainability Accreditation 2 Star Rating”.

2020: Formula E Envision Racing Team achieved the “FIA - Sustainability Accreditation 2 Star Rating”.

2020: Formula E Envision Racing Team has been certified “carbon neutral” by the Carbon Trust, the first team in the Formula E series to achieve the status.

2020: Formula 1 Mercedes AMG-Petronas Team achieved the “FIA - Sustainability Accreditation 3 Star Rating”.

2020: Formula 1 Mercedes AMG-Petronas Team committed to “net-zero carbon footprint” by the end of 2020.

2020: Veloce Racing becomes first Extreme E Championship Team committed to “net-zero carbon target”.

2020: Formula 1 Aston Martin Red Bull Team announced “No Bull” initiative to achieve “net carbon neutral” status from the 2020 F1 season onwards.

2020: Formula E Mercedes Benz EQ Team achieved the “FIA - Sustainability Accreditation 3 Star Rating”.

Right Hub is willing for any further information and to formulate concrete and effective proposals for a better sustainable management of circuits, organizers, promoters, teams, drivers, sponsors and suppliers in the motorsport sector.




ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
ISO 14001 has become the international standard for designing and implementing an environmental management system. The standard is published by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization), an international body that creates and distributes standards that are accepted worldwide. The most recent version of the environmental management system requirements was published in 2015, and is referred to as “ISO 14001:2015.” The standard was agreed upon by a majority of member countries before being released and updated, and as such it has become an internationally recognized standard accepted by a majority of countries around the world.

OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements (officially BS OHSAS 18001, but often mistakenly called ISO 18001) is a British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems that is recognized and implemented worldwide. The most recent version of this standard was published in 2007, and is referred to as “OHSAS 18001:2007.”
Up until March 2018, OHSAS 18001 has been the internationally recognized voluntary standard for OH&S. With the publication of ISO 45001 on March 12 2018, the official status of OHSAS 18001:2007 is “withdrawn”. There will be a three-year migration period, and OHSAS 18001 will be replaced by the ISO 45001 the end of that period, in March 2021. Companies certified to OHSAS 18001 have to migrate to the new standard within these three years.

FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) Environmental Accreditation Programme
The FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme (also known as FIA - Sustainability Accreditation ) is aimed at helping motor sport stakeholders worldwide to measure and enhance their environmental performance. By introducing clear and consistent environmental management into motorsport, it provides stakeholders with a three-level framework against which to accredit their activities.

Carbon Footprint
Literally, "Carbon Footprint" represents the amount of greenhouse gases generated by an organization, understood as a group, company, enterprise, body or institution, or by a product.
The carbon footprint of an organization is the outcome of all the organization's activities carrying out its normal activities.
The carbon footprint of a product is the outcome of all the production processes necessary for the realization of that product.
The calculation of an organization's and product's carbon footprint is governed by two standards of the ISO standard, ISO 14064-1 (organization), and ISO 14067 (product).

Net-zero emissions
Achieving “net zero emissions” means that any carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by a company's activities is balanced by an equivalent amount removed. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels requires global net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to reach net zero around 2050 , which means no further emissions are added to the atmosphere.

Carbon Neutral
Defining something "carbon neutral" means that the CO2 emissions, or the carbon emitted by a certain activity, are effectively "canceled". This is achieved by balancing carbon emissions with techniques such as offsetting: offsetting CO2 emissions means using carbon credits generated by positive impact projects to reduce or neutralize the impact generated by your activities. Each credit, certified following the most important and recognized international standards (Gold Standard, VCS) certifies the reduction (or removal) of one ton of CO2 equivalent from the atmosphere.

Climate positive
Being climate positive (or carbon negative) is a step further, meaning that an initiative is not only capable of neutralizing associated carbon emissions, but will also take steps to ensure that the project removes additional carbon dioxide from the 'atmosphere.

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