The eSkootr Championship (eSC) confirmed today that it has achieved carbon neutrality ahead of the first race in London on 13-14 May.
In line with the ‘Invest in Our Planet’ theme on Earth Day 2022 today, eSC is thus delivering on its promise to showcase climate action, raise environmental awareness and promote best practice through sport.
From the beginning, eSC has worked to calculate and avoid producing emissions.
By working with sustainability experts, the company has calculated its inaugural season carbon footprint to include all Scope 1, 2 and the majority of Scope 3 emissions.
Unavoidable development and testing emissions from 2021 were offset by investing in two projects from the UN Carbon Offset Platform.
These UNFCCC-recognised projects were chosen on the basis of their links with eSC’s values and sustainability approach: Renewable Energy and Community.
As eSC is committed to only using clean energy at its races, the series selected a project in India that helps generate energy from renewable sources to be fed into the grid. India was chosen more generally because two-wheeled transportation made up more than 80% of vehicle sales in 2020/21.
The other project invested in helps rural communities in Malawi find a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional 3-stone fires. This is in line with eSC’s aim to nurture equity and economic development in local communities.
“Motorsport has a crucial role to play in tackling the climate crisis – both on and off the track,” said Dr. Cristiana Pace, Chair of eSkootr Championship’s Sustainability Commission. “By reaching carbon neutrality from inception eSC is demonstrating its commitment to measuring and reducing its environmental impact.
“The overall impact on the environment of electric scooters throughout their lifetime has been questioned, as well as the impact of sport events, and our aim is to share best practice to accelerate changes within the micromobility and sport industries and proactively contribute to the debate around sustainable practices and innovations.”