The FIA has announced that it has become carbon neutral as an organization and certified to ISO 14001:2015 standard. It has a commitment in place to cut the emission of its own operation by 20% in 2025 and 50% in 2030. Concurrently, the carbon footprint of 2020 was fully compensated by investing in offsetting projects allowing the organization to become carbon neutral this year.
The FIA notes that offsetting projects are spread around three continents (South America, Africa and Asia) and meet the most stringent international standards. The investment involved forest conservation and restoration as well as avoidance projects that allow renewable energy generation, benefitting biodiversity and local communities and having a positive economic impact in developing countries.
ISO 14001:2015 sets standards for effective environmental management and is intended to help organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental performance. It is based on three pillars:
- Minimization of harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities;
- Conformity with applicable regulatory requirements;
- Continual improvement of its environmental performance.
Achieving these objectives was at the core of the FIA’s environmental strategy for 2020-2030 adopted in December 2020, aiming to becoming carbon neutral from 2021 and net zero by 2030.
Jean Todt, the outgoing FIA President, said, “With ambitious targets, the FIA has been determined to tackle the climate change challenge and accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future for all. Reaching carbon neutrality and obtaining ISO 14001 certification demonstrate that we are on time, on the right track. In reducing the environmental impacts of its activities and continuing to lead sustainable innovation, FIA takes its responsibility in taking motorsport and mobility into a low-carbon future.”