The FIA has released details of its participation at COP28, where it represented the world of motorsport as an observer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This marked an important step toward integrating sports and mobility into the global conversation on climate change. The FIA says that it actively engaged in various initiatives throughout the event, emphasizing the role of motorsport in combating climate change and promoting sustainability.
A notable contribution was the FIA’s involvement in Transport Day, where it hosted dedicated speaker events in the Green Zone, focusing on shaping a just transition to a net zero road transportation future. FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem emphasized the commitment to sustainability, innovation and the transfer of technological advances from the track to the road. The event featured influential speakers discussing topics such as sustainable technology development and the importance of consumer contributions to the transition.
Another highlight was the Drive Change Today challenge, an extension of the FIA Smart Driving Challenge, designed to encourage global participation in reducing emissions and energy consumption during COP28. The initiative, supported by the Emirates Motorsports Organization, invited 10,000 cars from UAE fleets to participate. Results showed an average CO2 or battery usage saving of 9.7%, with top participants achieving a remarkable 35% reduction.
The FIA also played a role in promoting the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Net Zero Guidelines. As one of the early adopters, the FIA shared its experience, showcasing its commitment to recognized global standards and best practices in decarbonization. The guidelines provided a roadmap for achieving net zero, helping the FIA identify areas for improvement in its strategy.
Collaborating with MIT’s Senseable City Lab, the FIA announced a research project aimed at improving sustainable mobility patterns in the UAE. Focusing on reducing the carbon footprint of major events, including the FIA Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the project aims to gather data to enhance local mobility planning and reduce congestion and carbon emissions during such events.
The FIA also launched a white paper titled Accelerating a Just Transition: The Motor Sport and Mobility Perspective, highlighting the environmental initiatives undertaken by the FIA and its member clubs, and offering insights into sustainable technology solutions for mobility and motorsport. Case studies from member clubs showcased their expertise and contributions to driving and testing sustainability initiatives.
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