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Formula E retains ISO sustainability certification

Formula E’s sustainable ethos has once again been recognised by the ISO with a top level award.

In July 2018, the championship became the first motorsport series to be awarded the ISO 20121 certification, the international standard for sustainable events.

After three audits from independent auditor SGS, Formula E has retained its certification.

As well as the obvious development of electric cars, the championship highlights its work with partners to repurpose the batteries of Gen1 cars and develop sustainable trackside signage as contributing to the certification.

“The concept of Formula E was created with the primary purpose to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and promote sustainable practice, raising awareness of the benefits to driving electric and how clean mobility can counteract climate change,” explained Julia Palle, senior sustainability consultant and Formula E.

“We deliver events with sustainability at the forefront of our minds and the renewed ISO 20121 certification shows our commitment to this cause and acts as a reminder of what we have achieved and also our ambition to continue to innovate in this area.

“Working together with SGS auditors, environmental experts and our partners, we endeavour to enhance our efforts in trialling new technologies and rolling out sustainably led initiatives in order to further reduce our footprint. We are continually seeking to implement the most innovative solutions available on the market to improve every aspect of our events and hope that this inspires other sports and organisations to embrace a similar approach in the future.”

The ISO 20121 focuses on three targets: reducing the environmental footprint of events, creating a successful financial model for growth and becoming more socially responsible.

“Formula E has been embedding sustainability season-on-season, exploring new initiatives, engaging with local communities and suppliers, and applying robust impact assessments,” said SGS auditor Ana Inacio. “It is taking the lead in sustainable motorsport and setting a new benchmark for the industry.”

The championship also holds the FIA’s Achievement of Excellence and is in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Bethonie Waring

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