DS Virgin Racing to become carbon neutral

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DS Virgin Racing has detailed its collaboration with the Carbon Trust as the team begins the steps necessary to have its core operations certified as carbon neutral. The environmental commitment will be complemented with a carbon reduction strategy to reduce the team’s impact over time.

Team principal for DS Virgin Racing, Alex Tai, said, “We’re very proud to be announcing the results of this work, which will further bolster our already high sustainability credentials.

“Understandably, being a motorsport team, we face concerns about the amount of carbon we produce in order to go racing. However, thanks to the Carbon Trust, we can be reassured that we are offsetting this and helping to play our part in tackling climate change.”

The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercializing low carbon technologies.

Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said, “DS Virgin Racing’s efforts to become carbon neutral show the team’s desire to match sustainability leadership with a leading position on the track.

“Focusing on what action can be taken within the team’s own operations is a great first step, however critically there is also huge potential for the team to leverage its high-profile status to influence others. We are really excited to be working with such an innovative team in the all-electric Formula E motorsport series.”

Tai added, “The team has always been committed to sustainability, in line with our purpose to ‘power innovation to positively impact lives’, and this new announcement just goes to demonstrate that.

“It will also underpin our Race Against Climate Change program, which seeks to accelerate initiatives that help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. In addition, it also complements our new sustainably built headquarters at Silverstone Park and our Paris Innovation Summit, which we’re hosting on race day together with Sir Richard Branson.”

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