Formula E has retained its ISO 20121 certification for a sustainable event. It continues as the only motorsport series to be recognised in this way.
Three separate surveillance audits over the past season observed the consistency of Formula E’s performance.
The series’ sustainability program works on three pillars: sustainable E-Prix race meetings, making a positive impact in each host city and promoting electric cars with its global platform.
The ISO 20121 independent standard was introduced shortly after the London Olympics in 2012. Its focus is on the individual environmental footprint of events, making those events repeatable financially, and how socially responsible they are.
One of the big achievements of the series is a hot topic – its reduction of single-use plastics. The championship supplies fans with recyclable water pouches instead of 330ml bottles. Overall, since it started using pouches in Marrakech in January 2019, it has saved the equivalent of 200,000 single-use plastic bottles.
Since the Rome race, CSM Live’s sustainable recyclable PVC signs have also prevented 6.2 miles of landfill waste from being generated per race meeting.
Formula E also employs a team of ‘recycling rangers’ in areas of high activity at the events. They help to educate staff and spectators alike on how to dispose of their waste and recycle as effectively as possible.
The series has also teamed up with Umicore, which offers recycling for lithium-ion batteries. It helps to repurpose the batteries used in the first-generation racing cars, and is investigating what to do with the current line-up of Formula E batteries.