31 Jul 20
ISO 20121 is the international standard of sustainability for events. ISO 20121 offers holistic guidance and best practise parameters to help us manage our events in a sustainable way, promoting social inclusivity, economic prosperity and environmental protection. Formula E is the first ever motorsport championship to receive this prestigious certification.
Annual monitoring keeps us competitive and committed to challenging “business as usual”. Three specific objectives help keep us on track:
Engaging with our Local Communities: We engage with our local communities in order to build acceptance, consent and support for our events. Our efforts are tailored to each race city to ensure we are meeting the needs of the key stakeholder groups that will be impacted. A great example of an initiative was our activity day in Berlin in 2018 with Dare to Be Different. This involved 100 girls aged 8-12 from 10 local schools plus a handful of refugees who actually lived on site at Tempelhof. They participated in a number of motorsport-themed activities in the areas of fitness, journalism and air quality. We will be rolling out this engagement to a number of different events in Season 5.
Engaging the Supply Chain: Working towards shared goals together with our suppliers strengthens relationships and reduces emissions. Through constant innovation and testing, we maintain our competitive edge without compromising production or race quality. We are looking to continually improve by using more sustainable products and services from our suppliers.
We engaged with CSM Live, our trackside branding supplier, to test recyclable alternatives for PVC vinyl used at events during season 4. Our goal is to develop an affordable recyclable product with the same performance as PVC. Replacement options include polyurethane and polyolefin. The material also needs to be printed with UV or eco-solvent inks. After testing solutions at two of our season 4 races, we plan to replace PVC with a recyclable material for season 5.
While searching for recyclable alternatives, we also tested a pilot in the New York City E-Prix to repurpose the track branding instead of disposing of it. We worked with CSM, the local team and Clean Vibes (our waste company) to arrange for 2,700m2 of PVC mesh, 3,300 m2 of blackout fabric, 200m3 of PVC fabric and 2,000 m2 of Corex to be shipped to a company called Rewilder in Los Angeles for re-purposing. They will be creating shade canopies for the grandstands for use at our next New York City E-Prix.
Measuring and Monitoring our Impacts: After each race season, we produce a Sustainability Report which outlines our progress and achievements on a number of environmental and social criteria. Our sustainability reporting now captures social impacts such as donations made per race and the number of charity partners involved with that particular event. For season 5, we hope to extend our scope even further to include economic reporting.
Our Sustainable Development Policy reiterates these three key sustainable development objectives as well as outlining our commitments and purpose as it relates to sustainability.
We were the first championship to be awarded FIA’s Achievement of Excellence accreditation, recently renewed with a Three-Star Accreditation. Building on our origins, we continue to use the excellent tools and support offered by FIA’s sustainability body to pave the way.
We monitor and report:
Efforts to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cut across every area of our business practise. Each season, our global championship works in alignment with the global goals. We have identified 7 specific goals where our work makes a clear contribution and aligns with the targets outlined by the UN.