Sauber F1 team goes carbon neutral

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31 suffers a fire. Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Three, 3 May 2012.

Sergio Perez's Sauber emits some carbon during Mugello testing

May.4 (GP247) The Sauber Team’s recent announcement that it has achieved ISO 14001 certification in conjunction with its promotional partner, Carbon Neutral Investments, a major player in the carbon offset business, seems to be part of a growing trend amongst F1 teams.

The Hinwil, Switzerland based top-flight racing team had its emissions levels evaluated by a specialist company, and then, with typical Swiss thouroughness, verified by a third party. Sauber was evaluated across all its activities, including the transportation of freight to races, and travel by staff members.

Offsetting carbon involves companies financing or part-financing projects that save the equivalent amount of carbon generated by the company. The Sauber F1 Team has opted for 30 per cent excess. According to the team, the key factor in this offset scheme is the judicious choice and monitoring of high-quality projects.

CEO Monisha Kaltenborn explains: “We attach great importance to carbon offsetting, which is a consequence of the environmental policy we have adopted. It allows us to make an important contribution to protecting the environment. In Carbon Neutral Investments we have found the ideal partner for implementing these efforts. The certification of our environmental management system less than a month ago signified an important step towards our ecological goals and is now followed by a further step with our carbon offset commitment. The next milestone will be when our solar park goes on stream at the company headquarters in Hinwil this summer.”

Edward Carlton, Head of UK Operations for Carbon Neutral Investments, said: “We are delighted to enter into a partnership with the Sauber F1 Team. Through the provision of our carbon credits Sauber will be a carbon neutral F1 team for the next three years. This builds on both Sauber’s strong focus on sustainability, notably their recent ISO 14001 certification, and CNI’s existing activity and momentum in Formula One and global motor sport. The Sauber F1 Team has shown great performance on track this year, often leading the mid-field battle, and with two exciting young drivers, we’re delighted to partner with such a progressive organisation.”

In addition to offsetting carbon, the primary aim of the Sauber F1 Team, as before, is to keep emissions as low as possible and to reduce them further by applying appropriate measures. The main building in Hinwil, for example, has been supplied by district heating for 20 years now, and the wind tunnel since 2004. For a number of years, 50 per cent of electricity has been drawn from renewable energy sources.

CNI is a leading provider in the voluntary carbon offset market, operating across multiple sectors assisting organisations in becoming carbon neutral. The company specialises in the procurement, sale and retirement of Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) credits and supports carefully selected projects around the world, such as wind farms in India, waste heat recovery in China and hydro-electric in Brazil. These projects generate credits by providing a renewable energy source to the local area that would have otherwise relied on carbon intensive fossil fuel power generation. CNI divisions Carbon Neutral Racing, Aviation, Marine, Automotive and Commerce make up the company’s structure – which collectively have access to over six million VER (Verified Emissions Reduction) credits globally, or some 12 per cent of the world VER market.