Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has bagged the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence. McLaren Mercedes is the first motor sport stakeholder in the world to receive this award which is a part of an initiative between the FIA and the FIA Institute aimed at evaluating and reducing the environmental impact of motor sport. It is the biggest applaud attainable within FIA Institute Sustainability Programme which is an environmental accreditation scheme - the Environmental Certification Framework. This helps motor sport stakeholders to improve measure and be recognised for their environmental performance. McLaren applied for accreditation and underwent a series of stringent assessments set out by FIA Institute environmental experts.
FIA President, Jean Todt, said: “McLaren’s award is an important step in the recognition by motor sport of the social responsibility our community must acknowledge if our championships are to remain in tune with the key environmental debates we are all a part of. The FIA and the FIA Institute are researching the environmental impact of motor sports across all our world championships.”
FIA Institute President, Gerard Saillant, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for a motor sport organisation, especially as the assessment is based on the leading environmental standards across all industries. We hope that other motor sport stakeholders will now follow McLaren’s lead.” Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal, Martin Whitmarsh, said: “We’re delighted to receive this Award for Excellence from the FIA Institute. It’s great that the sport is encouraging those within it to improve their environmental performance and we are thrilled to be the first to achieve the highest level.”
McLaren’s Head of Sustainability, Ian MacDonald, said: “We pride ourselves on our environmental credentials but the FIA Institute assessment really put those to the test. As a result, we have made major changes to further improve the sustainability of the team and the accreditation process has been worthwhile just for that.”