A second sustainability report put together in collaboration with EY has been published by Extreme E, outlining the racing series’ environmental footprint during Season 2. The report states that the motorsport championship maintained its carbon neutral status, as it has done so previously.
Experts from EY worked out that a total of 9,045 tCO2-e was emitted by the Extreme E series, equating to 1808.8 tCO2e per race. These emissions were then offset through the purchase of Verified Carbon Standard environmental certificates for two deforestation programs in the Amazon, Brazil.
In addition to retaining carbon neutrality, Extreme E also held its first event fully supported by 100% renewable energy during the season finale at the Uruguay Natural Energy X Prix. As 98% of Uruguay’s electricity is generated from renewable sources, the championship was able to make up the difference by using on-site solar generation and hydrogen fuel cells to provide additional power. Alongside the sustainability report, EY is now the Extreme E’s official sustainability partner.
“It is an honor to be named Extreme E’s official sustainability partner for 2023, reinforcing a shared ambition to highlight urgent issues surrounding climate change,” explained Dr Matthew Bell, EY global climate change and sustainability services leader. “It is timely to reflect on the Season 2 sustainability report, which EY teams were again proud to be entrusted to coordinate and support. The findings clearly show that the series is going from strength to strength, not only in delivering exemplary sustainability outcomes, but representing a beacon of positive progress to all industries.”
The report also explains how Extreme E – a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Sport for Climate Action – has reviewed its own sustainability strategy, identifying twelve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which benefit from its positive contribution.
Through several strategic partnerships and its series of Legacy Programmes, Extreme E plans to work with communities to find solutions to environmental challenges. It will also use low-carbon technologies including electric SUVs, hydrogen fuel cells and second-life batteries while also enhancing equality and access for women and minorities in competitive motorsport.
Extreme E and EY are currently working on the development of an outcomes measurement framework to aid monitoring, measuring and reporting on the outcomes of the Legacy Programmes during Season 3 and to improve sustainability performance.
“The report illustrates how Extreme E is leading the way as an action-based testbed for innovation and progress beyond the series,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E. “We have once again consistently achieved the lowest carbon footprint in motorsport in front of a TV audience which grew by 30% – reaching 135 million viewers during Season 2 and continuing to grow its circle of influence.”
“Extreme E is not your average motorsport,” added Julia Wall-Clarke, head of impact and communications at Extreme E. “We utilize the inspiring platform sport provides to tell engaging stories on global issues, from carbon emissions to Arctic ice melt, deforestation and ocean health, to energy and technology innovations, all with a community-first, solution-based lens.
“This series was designed around having greater purpose, and the result is engaging content and meaningful action which inspires our fans and ecosystem to shift course and take greater consideration and responsibility about everyday lifestyle choices.”
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