The eSkootr Championship (eSC) has been recognised by the United Nations with a triple Silver level award in Measuring, Reducing and Offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.
The award is given by the Climate Neutral Now Initiative, launched by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
This initiative encourages firms to understand and measure their carbon footprint, while offsetting any unavoidable emissions through carbon credits. Levels of recognition within the programme are divided into Bronze, Silver and Gold across the three steps.
Hrag Sarkissian, eSC’s Co-Founder and CEO said championing sustainability and inspiring real-world change has been an integral part of their mission.
To achieve the triple Silver award is “a big moment in our development,” he said.
“This initiative is backed by some of the biggest companies in the world and it is important for us to be highlighting the potential environmental benefits of the micromobility sector for urban transportation.”
Some other members of the initiative include Microsoft, Sony and ABB FIA Formula E.
eSC has been recognised for implementing a calculation for greenhouse gas emissions across Scope 1, 2 and the majority of Scope 3 in its inaugural season, as well as creating a reduction strategy with intermediate targets for future seasons, and full offsetting of the first season footprint with UN-sanctioned carbon credits.
The next step is to create a detailed Lifecyle Assessment for its S1-X eSkootrs later this month.
This project will be carried out in partnership with the newly formed Commission for Micromobility and Sport, as well as academics at University College London (UCL) and technology suppliers.
“Data suggests that by 2028 there will be 129 million electric scooters on our roads, raising important questions around their overall sustainability throughout their lifespan,” said Dr Cristiana Pace, eSC Chair of the Sustainability Group for the Commission for Micromobility and Sport.
The Lifecycle Assessment identifies areas “where sustainable innovation can be deployed and involves “transferring this know-how to the whole micromobility sector, driving positive change,” said Dr Pace.
Lucas Di Grassi, eSC Co-Founder and Sustainability Ambassador, added: “Every aspect of our championship has been carefully assessed to ensure we are doing all we can, and we are already finalising a strategy with greater targets for our future seasons.”