CLIMATE CHANGE

Fans across the world help team pass 250,000 sustainability pledges!

Envision Racing, the world champion Formula E race team, is delighted to confirm it has successfully passed the milestone of over 250,000 climate positive pledges submitted as part of the Race Against Climate Change™ (RACC) initiative. 

The current team world champions in Formula E, Formula 1’s electric counterpart, Envision Racing is planting a mangrove tree in Madagascar – through its tree planting partner Earthly and Eden Reforestation Projects – for every pledge made.

Envision Racing, known as the ‘greenest team on the greenest grid’, launched the consumer-facing part of RACC, called the Sustainable Chain, to empower its fans and their communities to make green pledges and drive climate action in the wake of the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. 

Partnering with actor, activist and UN Ambassador Aidan Gallagher, the team’s aim is to reach a total of one million pledges.

To date, there have been both 250,000 pledges and planted trees.

In total, fans’ actions have saved over 48 million kilograms of dangerous carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. 

In 2023, the team added a new e-waste pledge to its platform – following the launch of its ground-breaking Recover E project.

The award-winning initiative, which say the team collaborate with artist Liam ‘Lazerian’ Hopkins on a full-size, functioning replica of the Formula E Gen3 car made entirely out of discarded electronic waste, was designed to inspire youngsters to reconsider their relationship with electronics, and look at ways to ensure items are not thrown away but instead recycled, re-used or repurposed.

The UN has described e-waste as the world’s “next growing threat to the environment”: to date the team’s e-waste pledge has been taken over 50,000 times, making it one of the most popular on offer.

Taipei, Taiwan – February 19, 2018: A pile of retro video game controllers shot from above.

The Sustainable Chain campaign tasks fans with taking one of 12 pledges to help save the planet.

Via Envision Racing’s website, fans calculate their carbon footprint and then watch it diminish as they introduce green lifestyle changes. These include:  

  • Swapping to an electric vehicle 
  • Commuting by bike or public transport to work 
  • Sourcing local food 
  • Switching to a renewable energy supplier 
  • Making energy efficiency improvements at home 
  • Flying less 
  • Installing solar panels 
  • Reducing meat consumption 
  • Cutting down on water usage and producing less waste
  • Recycling e-waste

After submitting some data about their current habits in each area, fans can see clearly exactly the impact they could have by making even some very minor changes to their lifestyle.

“We have ambitious plans for the future of the Sustainable Chain campaign, with new celebrity ambassadors and media partners lined up to help us reach our target of one million climate pledges,” Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director of Envision Racing, said last year. 

“At Envision Racing, we exist to energise the Race Against Climate Change, by creating experiences that accelerate the transition to clean, secure and affordable renewable energy. On and off the track, we raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles, but we also work to connect our fans with environmental issues and provide them with information on tangible actions that can drive real change. 

“While the impact of this campaign is focused on enabling our fans and wider audiences to reduce their environmental footprint, it is closely aligned with our overarching aspiration for Envision Racing to be ‘the greenest team on the greenest grid’ and our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and maintain our carbon neutral status.” 

Having become the first Formula E team to finish on the podium 50 times during January’s Diriyah E-Prix, Envision Racing was also the first team in Formula E to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust back in 2020.

It is one of a handful of teams to have achieved three-star sustainability accreditation from motorsport’s global governing body, the FIA – an accreditation that was recently confirmed as having been successfully renewed.

The status recognises that the team retains the highest level of commitment to the environmental and sustainability goals set out by the governing body.

At COP28 last year, the team was the only sporting organisation to feature within the global summit’s ‘Blue Zone’, exhibiting its RACC initiatives to world leaders and industry titans.