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Formula E and Extreme E motoring towards sustainability success

April 25 2024

Both Formula E and Extreme E have marked this year’s Earth Day with positive steps in the fight against climate change.

Formula E and Extreme E motoring towards sustainability success

Formula E has celebrated 10 years of being net zero carbon and released its Sustainability Report, while off-roading series Extreme E has finalised its Sustainable Development Policy.

Season nine of Formula E marked a fruitful year for the all-electric championship as it reduced its emissions by 41% per race compared to its season five baseline. Participation in the education-based gender diversity programme FIA Girls on Track also rose by 140%.

The report further found that freight emissions also reduced by 41% from increased race calendar, freight route and biofuel optimisation.

“While still only 10 years old, Formula E continues to lead the way in sustainability in sport and showcase that sustainability, performance and entertainment can all powerfully co-exist. As we continue to grow, we also continue to implement the most advanced and comprehensive measures that benefit both people and the planet, leaving a positive legacy in the markets where we race,” said Formula E’s Vice-President of Sustainability, Julia Pallé.

“Sports organisations not only have a huge responsibility to reduce their own emissions, but leverage their huge fanbases, athletes and influence in making positive sustainable change that enhances not just the communities it impacts but the world we live in today.”

In its 10 years, Formula E has become the first sport in the world to achieve net zero carbon and has maintained the number one ranking of environmental, social, and governance standards for global sports organisations by three independent bodies.

Extreme E, which is younger than the open-wheel championship having been established in 2021, has set out its ambition to stay at the forefront of sustainability in sport with its new policy.

"Sports organisations not only have a huge responsibility to reduce their own emissions, but leverage their huge fanbases, athletes and influence in making positive sustainable change that enhances not just the communities it impacts but the world we live in today.” Formula E Vice-President of Sustainability Julia Pallé

The document will commit Extreme E to minimising its environmental impact while monitoring, measuring and reducing its carbon footprint each year.

A focus has also been placed on strengthening community engagement and legacy programmes during the next three seasons.

The final key point of the policy lays out ambitions to develop a sustainability compliance plan within the next three seasons.

“The purpose of our Sustainable Development Policy is to show Extreme E’s commitment to sustainability. Earth Day represents an opportunity to reflect on the importance of environmental protection and the responsibility we have to demonstrate sustainable practices, not just as a motorsport series, but as people and citizens of the planet,” said Extreme E Managing Director, Ali Russell.

“Raising awareness of the climate crisis and supporting environmentally-conscious solutions which can reduce emissions affecting our planet is a core principle of Extreme E. Aligning our objectives to this Policy underlines how committed we are to minimising environmental impact, ensuring social responsibility, and maintaining economic viability.”

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