Mahindra Racing is pleased to announce that the in the history, it is the first Formula E team to earn the highest sustainability accolade by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body of the motorsport.
The goal of the FIA Environmental Accreditation Program is to enable stakeholders in motorsport and mobility worldwide to evaluate and improve their environmental performance. It provides stakeholders with a three-tier structure to accredit their actions by implementing a transparent and consistent environmental management system. The team has worked relentlessly to strive for excellence in the accreditation process after initially earning Two-Star Accreditation in November 2016, which was reconfirmed after an audit in December 2018.
Three Star Accreditation reflects as Best Practice. By presenting the accolade to Mahindra Racing, the FIA acknowledges that the team, which was the first OEM to commit to the world’s first all-electric racing championship, shows best practice and commitment through the introduction of an environmental management plan to pursue quality improvement. In addition to the McLaren Racing Formula 1 Team, Mahindra Racing is the second motorsport team in the world to win a Three-Star.
In accordance with the commitment and quest of the Mahindra Group to achieve industry-wide carbon neutrality, Mahindra Racing’s initiatives are and will continue. The Group aims to raise green cover by planting more and more trees and providing livelihoods and nutritional protection under the aegis of the Mahindra Hariyali project, with a promise to plant 1 million trees annually.
The team’s announcement comes just days after Formula E revealed it had been the first sport to reach a net-zero carbon footprint dating back to its origins, becoming a world championship for the first time in the coming season. This sport announcement is also important to Mahindra Racing, as it ensures that all track and test events, including freight, transportation, event activities and race car production, have a net-zero carbon footprint for the team.
By mitigating the environmental effects and moving towards achieving carbon neutrality, the team is committed to the FIA environmental certification programme. Under its ‘Race to Road’ project, it uses insights from emerging technology on the race track to adapt it to its road vehicles, designing and encouraging more efficient mobility solutions.
“Sustainability is not a buzzword for us. It is ingrained into our ethos and a big part of the reason we are racing in Formula E; working to develop and promote cutting edge EV technology and to promote the ‘race to road’ programme to improve the next generation of consumer electric vehicles. Our parent company Mahindra Group is a pioneer in the development of electric vehicles. Formula E is an integral part of Mahindra’s vision to develop advanced yet affordable EV products. Over the six years of the Formula E project, we have been working tirelessly not only on our racing programme and ‘race to road’, but on walking the walk, in terms of our sustainability talk. I could not be prouder of the team for the hard work and dedication, which has now resulted in this historic moment of receiving Three-Star accreditation from the FIA. 2020 has been incredibly tough and, for me, it is a special moment to be able to take a huge positive step from the most challenging of situations,” says Dilbagh Gill, Mahindra Racing CEO and Team Principal.
“As sustainable and responsible motorsport is a priority for the FIA, I am pleased that Mahindra Racing has achieved this milestone. Energy efficiency is in the DNA of the FIA and Formula E, and this new step forward is another proof of our commitment to environmental best practice. I now urge the other teams to walk in the footsteps of Mahindra Racing,” says Jean Todt, FIA President.
“Many congratulations to Mahindra Racing for achieving FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation. Mahindra is recognised for its commitment to developing innovative, high-quality mass-market electric cars and shares Formula E’s vision that accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles is critical to counteracting climate change. Back in Season 1, Formula E was proud to become the first FIA championship to achieve Three-Star Accreditation. Today, Mahindra Racing, who have been on the grid since our inaugural race, becomes our first team confirmed to have achieved this landmark,” says Jamie Reigle, CEO, Formula E.
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