The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has retained its position as the only racing series to receive third-party ISO 20121 certification, continuing to set the international standard for sustainable practice in events.
Formula E has once again met the strict criteria needed in order to maintain the highest level of certification for sustainable events.
The ISO 20121 certification – awarded by accreditation body SGS and confirmed after three separate surveillance audits last season – shows the commitment of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to moving towards a cleaner future, faster.
Working in close collaboration with existing partners and suppliers over the seasons to engage on common sustainability objectives, the electric street racing series has increased the number of initiatives introduced to improve waste management.
These are including but not limited to, Allianz hydration stations, water pouches to cut out single-use plastic bottles and recyclable non-PVC branding.
The branded water pouches – both reusable and recyclable – are handed out free of charge to spectators and staff at each event, with refill stations strategically positioned throughout the paddock, hospitality areas and Allianz E-Village fan zone.
Since Formula E and Allianz started supplying water pouches in Marrakesh in January last year, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has saved the equivalent of more than 200,000 single-use 330ml plastic bottles from being disposed of.
Alongside new projects to reduce the amount of waste produced, Formula E is also paving the way by raising awareness of responsible recycling to better inform eventgoers on how to limit environmental impact.
Introduced at the start of last season, recycling rangers are located around areas of high footfall and activity, assisting with educating teams, staff and spectators on how to extract the most from mixed recycling methods and waste disposal.
In addition to promoting recycling and different ways of disposing waste, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is working together with suppliers and partners, such as Umicore and CSM Live, to put sustainable solutions in place and into the production pipeline.
Formula E has teamed-up with industry experts at Umicore – one of only a few companies worldwide to offer a complete recycling journey for lithium-ion batteries – to recover and repurpose the cells used in the first-generation cars, with extended end-of-life options being evaluated for the batteries currently raced with.
The series also works side-by-side with global suppliers like CSM Live, which has developed new sustainable branding and trackside signage. This was introduced from the race in Rome using innovative widely recyclable non-PVC material, preventing more than 10-kilometres of waste from reaching landfill at each event.
ISO 20121 is the international standard for sustainability in events and started shortly after the 2012 London Olympics, implementing a management system focussing on three top targets; reducing the individual environmental footprint of events, creating a successful financial model for growth and becoming more socially responsible.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is also joined by other major international sporting events to achieve ISO 20121 certification, including the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 2016 UEFA European Championship in France and Roland Garros French Open in Paris.