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Top-class sport must “give everything” to become more sustainable

A delegation representing the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, its teams and partners will be at COP28 to demonstrate how high performance sport and sustainability can fit together without compromise.

FORMULA E: Net zero since day zero

“Elite sport reaches a global audience of billions every week,” says Jeff Dodds, CEO of Formula E. “Athletes are among the most followed and influential people on the planet.” Together we have the potential to create positive change for a more sustainable future and the fans to encourage them to do the same. To put it in typical football manager language: “We have to give it our all.”

Lead from the front

Formula E was conceived in 2011 by businessman Alejandro Agag (now Formula E founder and chairman) and the FIA ​​as the first all-electric single-seater motorsport championship, with the express mission of showcasing sustainable mobility in the heart of famous global cities.

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The first race took place in September 2014 on the streets of Beijing. Today, nine seasons and 116 races later, Formula E is the first electric world championship sanctioned by the FIA ​​and has established itself as the most sustainable sport in the world.

Last season, Formula E and the FIA ​​​​developed and introduced the GEN3 racing car – the fastest, lightest, most powerful, most efficient and most sustainable electric racing car ever built – with a speed of 200 mph / 322 km/ h and an energy recovery of 600 kW.

When the GEN3 makes its first appearance in Shanghai next season, it will be 75 percent more powerful and 95 km/h faster than the first-generation car that hit the streets of Beijing. One of the most significant technological developments is that 50% of the energy used by a GEN3 in a race comes from regenerative braking.

No compromise

To prove that sustainability in sport does not mean compromising on the quality of the action, the Formula E drivers pushed the GEN3 to its limits last season, breaking all track speed and sports records with triple-digit overtaking maneuvers in most races Broken.

Manufacturers in the series include Jaguar, Porsche, Nissan, Mahindra, Maserati, DS Automobiles and ERT. The championship creates an intensive testing environment for the 11 teams and partners to develop innovative EV technologies that will increasingly be transferred to electric cars on the road in the “race to the road”.

READ MORE: Formula E’s sustainability offensive

The Formula E delegation participating in COP28 will consist of teams and partners including ABB, DHL, UNICEF, NEOM McLaren Formula E Racing Team, Envision Racing Formula E Team and others drawn from the global series.

In 2020, Formula E became the first sport in the world to have its emissions reduction targets validated by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). The company is well on its way to achieving its reduction target of 45% by 2030 in scopes 1, 2 and 3.

The tenth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship begins on Saturday, January 13, 2024, in Mexico City. The series will then be held in Diriyah, Hyderabad, São Paulo, Tokyo, a yet-to-be-announced venue in Italy, Monaco, Berlin, Shanghai, Portland and London.

The COP28 summit will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 30 to December 12, 2023. It is the 28th annual United Nations climate meeting where governments will discuss how to limit and prepare for future climate change.

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