Elite sport told it has to lead the way on sustainability

The CEO of Formula E has said elite sport needs to lead the way in sustainability and in doing show showing he way to billions of sports fans across the world.

Jeff Dodds will lead a delegation from Formula E to Dubai next week to attend the COP28 summit and will arrive with the message that sport has a leading role to play.

“Elite sport reaches a global audience of billions every week,” explained Dodds. “Athletes are among the most followed and influential people on the planet. Collectively, we have the potential to make positive changes for a more sustainable future and encourage fans to do the same. To use popular football manager parlance, we need to ‘give it everything’.”

As such he has called calling on elite sport leaders to “give it everything” in their sustainability efforts.

Formula E was conceived in 2011 by businessman Alejandro Agag and the FIA as the first all-electric single-seater motor racing championship, with the explicit mission of showcasing sustainable mobility in the heart of iconic world cities.

The first race was held on the streets of Beijing in September 2014. Today, nine seasons and 116 races later, Formula E is the first FIA-sanctioned electric world championship and established as the world’s most sustainable sport.

Last season, Formula E and the FIA developed and introduced the GEN3 race car – the fastest, lightest, most powerful, efficient and sustainable electric race car ever built – capable of 200mph / 322km/h and regenerating 600kW of energy.

When the GEN3 races in Shanghai for the first time next season, it will be 75 per cent more powerful and 95 km/h faster than the first-generation car that took to the streets of Beijing. One of the most significant technological developments is 50% of the energy used by a GEN3 in a race comes from regenerative braking.

Demonstrating that sustainability in sport does not mean a compromise on quality of action, Formula E’s drivers pushed the GEN3 to the limit last season, breaking every on-track speed and sporting record with triple-digit overtakes in the majority of races.

Manufacturers in the series include Jaguar, Porsche, Nissan, Mahindra, Maserati, DS Automobiles and ERT. The championship creates an intensive test bed environment for the 11 teams, and partners, to innovate EV technologies, which are increasingly making the ‘race to road’ transfer into electric cars on the streets. The Formula E delegation attending COP28 will comprise of teams and partners including ABB, DHL, UNICEF, NEOM McLaren Formula E Racing Team, Envision Racing Formula E Team and others, using thought leadership sessions to highlight the bespoke benefits such as technology development and learnings they draw from the global series.

In 2020 Formula E became the first sport in the world to have its emissions reductions targets validated by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). It is on track to achieve its 45% reduction target by 2030 target across Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Last season, Formula E and the FIA developed and introduced the GEN3 race car – the fastest, lightest, most powerful, efficient and sustainable electric race car ever built – capable of 200mph / 322km/h and regenerating 600kW of energy.

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