DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team Aiming for Off Track Sustainability

Friday 27th April 2018

The growing sport of Formula E racing, using electric vehicles, certainly has a focus placed upon all heir actions to improve sustainability. Understandably this is the heart of the concept of this emerging motorsport.

Hence the news that the UK’s Carbon Trust has partnered with DS Virgin Racing team to help them take the necessary steps to make their core operations carbon neutral. This commitment will also be complemented with a carbon reduction strategy to reduce the team’s impact over time.

DS Virgin Racing recently launched its Race Against Climate Change programme, in conjunction with Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group and the Rocky Mountain Institute, which has paved the way for a series of new sustainability initiatives being unveiled in the lead up to their all-electric, FIA Formula E Championship race and Innovation Summit in Paris tomorrow, April 28.

Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “DS Virgin Racing’s efforts to become carbon neutral shows the team’s desire to match sustainability leadership with a leading position on the track. Focusing on what action can be taken within the team’s own operations is a great first step, however critically there is also huge potential for the team to leverage its high-profile status to influence others. We are really excited to be working with such an innovative team in the all-electric Formula E motorsport series.”

DS Virgin Racing Team Principal Alex Tai said: “We’re very proud to be announcing the results of this work, which will further bolster our already high sustainability credentials. Understandably, being a motorsport team, we face concerns about the amount of carbon we produce in order to go racing. However, thanks to the Carbon Trust, we can be reassured that we are offsetting this and helping to play our part in tackling climate change.”

He added: “The team has always been committed to sustainability, in line with our purpose to ‘power innovation to positively impact lives’, and this new announcement just goes to demonstrate that. It will also underpin our Race Against Climate Change programme, which seeks to accelerate initiatives that help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. In addition, it also complements our new sustainably built headquarters at Silverstone Park and our Paris Innovation Summit, which we’re hosting on race day together with Sir Richard Branson.”

Source: Carbon Trust and DS Virgin Racing.

Picture of DS Virgin Racing by Velocidad Totalderivative work: - Diego HC reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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Friday 27th April 2018

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