McLaren Mercedes has become the first ever Formula 1 team to earn Carbon Trust certification.
The quote issued says,
“McLaren Automotive aims for lowest in class carbon emissions with new high performance sports car. The McLaren Group is delighted to announce that it has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard official certification of the company ’s commitment to successfully measuring, managing and improving its carbon efficiency.”
This achievement makes McLaren the only Formula 1 team to be officially recognised by the Carbon Trust for taking action on climate change. It follows a 3 year period of rigorous assessment, during which the McLaren Group achieved annual savings of more than 1500 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the collective equivalent of running the McLaren Technology Centre’s windtunnel for seven months, or the total annual carbon footprint of McLaren Electronics. The Group was able to achieve such significant savings by fully optimising the building ’s control systems, and by implementing a series of the latest
energy-saving technologies across its R&D, manufacturing and office areas.
The initiative saves total of 1365 tonnes of CO2 per year.
A monitoring system in Mclaren factory ensures the correct amount of fresh air is delivered within the building and this project saves 812 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The project of rationalisation of compressed air supply throughout the factory in order to improve overall efficiency saves 153 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. As an environmentally conscious company, we first commissioned an
independent study of our carbon emissions as long ago as 2007, so we ’ve spent three years working towards this certification.
“It’s not only satisfying to become one of the first 500 companies in the UK to achieve the Standard, but it ’s also particularly pleasing to be the first Formula 1 team to do so.
“More important, however, it further underlines Formula 1 ’s continuous quest to develop leaner, longer-lasting and more efficient energy solutions whether in the workplace or at the racetrack. “In fact, we’re probably the only sport in the world with the resources, know how and commitment to drive forward pioneering new technologies that have the potential for huge mass market crossover.” Harry Morrison, general manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, said: “The Carbon Trust Standard helps organisations to accurately calculate their carbon footprint, quantify their exposure to risk, and measure and benchmark progress of their carbon management initiatives. We congratulate the McLaren Group on their certification.”
But maintaining the Standard requires re-certification every two years and will coincide with the implementation of further exciting new ideas to further reduce the Group ’s carbon footprint.