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Two Initiatives Co-launched in Pursuit of Club-Level Motorsport Carbon Reduction
Thu 11 Mar 2021
Two new initiatives have been unveiled for the 2021 racing season, as part of a cooperative drive to ensure that club-level motorsport remains relevant and sustainable in its long-term future.
RaceZero is the brainchild of CALM All Porsche Trophy
organiser Philip Waters, whose forthcoming enterprise created in partnership with Eco Trailer founder Simon Walker-Hansell aims to offer a service where any UK competitor can buy tokens to offset the carbon output of their race entry, and will be available for the start of the season in April. The system takes into account the distance travelled and amount of fuel consumed by the competitor’s vehicle on track, and the offset is achieved by ensuring that for every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted during racing there is one fewer tonne in the atmosphere elsewhere.
The CALM All Porsche Trophy is set to be the launchpad for the project, and speaking of the initiative, Philip said: "The UK is the epicentre of the motorsport world, with over 30,000 competition licence holders, teams, volunteer marshals and officials; not to mention countless spectators and fans. Although smaller than the carbon footprint of most other sports due to its scale, the impact of any such activity on the environment has become quite a concern, and we looked for a way to make our own offset, before rolling that out to other competitors.”
RaceZero will be supported and promoted by 750MC, however as a kickstart to the pursuit of carbon-neutral club motorsport, 750 Motor Club has pledged to pay the carbon output offset of all competitors’ cars at all 750MC meetings throughout the 2021 season. This will be across the full portfolio of 23 series and championships, creating the UK’s first club-level race events with carbon neutral on-track action, and the first step of a wider sustainability plan for 750MC that is set to be available later in the year, with a scope encompassing both improvements and innovations.
Speaking of the announcements, Competitions Manager Giles Groombridge said: “In an ever more carbon-conscious world, it is vital that our competition becomes sustainable going forwards, whilst also being mindful of the fact that motorsport could all too easily be seen as an easy target. 750 Motor Club will therefore not only cover the cost of offsetting all our 2021 on-track activities in-house and assist in the promotion of RaceZero to competitors elsewhere, but this will be just the first step in the Club’s forthcoming plan for long term sustainability.”