Extreme E is a signatory of the United Nations’ Sports for Climate Action Framework. The initiative, led by the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was born out of the 2015 Paris Agreement and calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and their responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.
In line with the five core principles enshrined in the Framework and the aims of the Paris Agreement, Extreme E strives to:
These principles all support Extreme E’s mission to inspire people, communities and governments in our race locations and beyond, to raise their climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5oC by 2030.
Extreme E has also committed to its goal of becoming carbon neutral by the end of its first season.
Whilst most live sports rely on spectator crowds, Extreme E is taking an opposite approach in order to reduce impact on our remote race environments.
Fans will follow all the action via live TV action, Youtube and social feeds, and a behind-the-scenes documentary series. The bulk of the TV operations, including the editing and transmission of the world feed, will also be done remotely from London.
Each Extreme E team will also be limited to eight people, which consist of two drivers (one male, one female), one engineer and five mechanics.
Extreme E’s Legacy Programme is integral to the series and aims to provide both social and environmental support in each race location.
Project selection is led by the location’s scientist and all members of our scientific panel should actively support the projects that are selected for partnership.
EXTREME E SELECTS THE PROJECTS THAT PRIORITISE:
Efforts are already underway to ensure Extreme E achieves ISO 20121 certification, the international standard for sustainability in events, by the end of its first season.
Started shortly after the 2012 London Olympics, the ISO 20121 certification implements a management system focussing on three top targets; reducing the individual environmental footprint of events, creating a successful financial model for growth, and becoming more socially responsible.
This standard means there will be a continual improvement regarding the sustainable objectives and targets put in place, which will be annually audited by a third party specialised certifying company.
Extreme E has committed to working with world leading experts in science, education and environmental research.
Extreme E has appointed an independent Scientific Committee, led by Professor Peter Wadhams of The University of Cambridge, which will advise on the series’ education and research programmes, event logistics and impact as well as recommending positive legacy initiatives which support local communities in each race location. The committee will also ensure environmental protection, social inclusivity and fair political practices are commonplace.