Extreme E claims to be carbon neutral in sustainability report

Extreme E

Extreme E has published its second sustainability report, revealing the EV racing series’ environmental footprint for season two.

The Sustainability Report, compiled and produced in collaboration with EY, claims that the sport is carbon-neutral.  EY teams calculated that 9,045 tCO2-e was emitted during Season 2 (1808.8 tCO2e per race), all offset through the purchase of Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) environmental certificates for two deforestation programmes in Brazil’s Amazon.

Extreme E executed the first major motorsport event fully supported by renewable energy during the season finale – the Uruguay Natural Energy X Prix. With 98 per cent of Uruguay’s electricity generated from renewable sources, Extreme E was able to satisfy additional power requirements with onsite solar generation and hydrogen fuel cells, ultimately delivering the race utilising 100 per cent renewable energy.

EY is Extreme E Official Sustainability Partner and has developed a Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) framework during Season 1, which includes a calculation of emission sources for each race, EY to support Extreme E’s objective to offset their carbon footprint and create a positive legacy.

“It is timely to reflect on the Season 2 Sustainability Report, which EY teams were again proud to be entrusted to coordinate and support,” Dr. Matthew Bell, EY global climate change and sustainability services leader, said. “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 outlines how Extreme E, a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Sport for Climate Action, has reviewed its sustainability strategy, identifying twelve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that benefit from its positive contribution. Through strategic partnerships and its Legacy Programmes, the racing series plans to work with local communities to find solutions to environmental challenges; showcase new and emerging low-carbon technologies through electric SUVs, hydrogen fuel cells and second-life batteries; and improve equality and access for women and minorities in motorsport.

Extreme E is currently working with EY to develop an Outcomes Measurement Framework that will help monitor, measure and report on the outcomes of the Legacy Projects during Season 3 and improve sustainability performance. “Extreme E is not your average motorsport,” said Julia Wall-Clarke, head of communications and impact at Extreme E. “We utilise 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.”

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