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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are the first motor sport organisation in the world to receive the FIA Institutes Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence. They are also the only team to have a completely neutral carbon footprint.
The award is part of a broader initiative between the FIA and the FIA Institute aimed at evaluating and reducing the environmental impact of motor sport. It is also the highest level attainable within the FIA Institute Sustainability Programme, which helps motor sport stakeholders to measure, improve and be recognised for their environmental performance.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal, Martin Whitmarsh, said, “We’re delighted to receive this Award for Excellence from the FIA Institute. It’s great that the sport is encouraging those within it to improve their environmental performance and we are thrilled to be the first to achieve the highest level.”
Ian MacDonald, the man who heads McLaren's Sustainability programme said that, “We pride ourselves on our environmental credentials but the FIA Institute assessment really put those to the test. As a result, we have made major changes to further improve the sustainability of the team and the accreditation process has been worthwhile just for that.”
Underpinning the Sustainability Programme is an environmental accreditation scheme – the Environmental Certification Framework – the first to have been developed specifically for motor sport. It enables National Sporting Authorities, teams, circuits, manufacturers, and event organisers to achieve the highest standards in environmental management.
Organisations that sign up are rated against three levels of environmental performance, so measuring their achievement and providing a benchmark against which to improve.
“McLaren’s award is an important step in the recognition by motor sport of the social responsibility our community must acknowledge if our championships are to remain in tune with the key environmental debates we are all a part of. The FIA and the FIA Institute are researching the environmental impact of motor sports across all our world championships.” ,said FIA President, Jean Todt
FIA Institute President, Gerard Saillant, added, “This is a fantastic achievement for a motor sport organisation, especially as the assessment is based on the leading environmental standards across all industries. We hope that other motor sport stakeholders will now follow McLaren’s lead.”
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