Envsion Virgin Racing have become the first Formula E team to be cerified as carbon neutral.
The certification, by the Carbon Trust, and the PAS 2060 carbon neutrality agreement, was confirmed during team’s ‘Race Against Climate Change Live’ summit which also featured keynote speeches from Hector Bellerin and Professor Michael E. Mann.
The team have also announced that they have installed EV charging points at their Silverstone headquaters, recycling 69% of their total waste, implimented a cycle-to-work scheme and a zero tolerance approach to single-use palstics and red meat at events.
The team’s Opperations Director, Jenifer Babbington, was pleased to announce the certification and 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, as well as to show – and call upon other teams – to follow suit and prove how sport and sustainability can co-exist.
“Of course, where we’ve been unable to reduce our carbon footprint in the first instance we’ve implemented carbon offsetting, but only VERRA approved schemes such as the Kenya-based Aqua Clara Water Filter Scheme, which enables communities to purify water rather than boiling it, cutting 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.”
John Newton, an associate director at the Carbon Trust added: “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.”