Extreme E is aiming for a Net-Zero Carbon Footprint

The all-new electric SUV racing series, Extreme E, has partnered with ALLCOT to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint offset by the end of its first season.

Allcot, a world-leader in sustainability, develop impact projects which enable businesses to support local communities to protect the environment by reducing their carbon emissions.

These initiatives directly support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which call on governments, businesses and communities to put an end to poverty and protect the planet.

Examples of Allcot’s work include global community projects such as the Brazilian Rosewood Protected Forest Project that safeguards 177,899 hectares of high conservation value rainforest, and a project in Mozambique that will replace 10,000 traditional cookstoves with new energy-efficient versions, reducing charcoal consumption by 50 per cent and in turn reducing gas emissions and usage of fossil fuels.

Alejandro Agag, Extreme E CEO said: “Our sustainability strategy is a crucial aspect of Extreme E so we’re delighted to be working with Allcot, a world-leader in climate change and sustainable solutions, to develop this strategy and enable us to support some truly transformational projects.

“Extreme E’s goal is to have a zero-net carbon footprint by the end of its first season, which means removing as many emissions as we produce. We plan to achieve this by following the United Nations framework which recommends reducing, measuring, and offsetting carbon emissions. The projects we will support will empower local communities to reduce emissions to help protect the planet, not just now but for the long-term.”

CEO of Allcot, Alexis L. Leroy said in a statement: “We are very excited to partner with Extreme E not simply with offset but with vanguard vision in term of sustainable strategy solutions, shifting from GHG compensations to Global Impacts, which is at the core of Extreme E’s values.

“Beyond, we see great potential in synergy with Extreme E and its technology partners to bring sustainable innovative solutions to remote communities.”

As well as offsetting, Extreme E has a wide range of methods to lower carbon footprint which include;

  • using 100% electric vehicles.
  • Zero-emission vehicle charging using Hydrogen Fuel Cells generated by water and solar.
  • The RMS St. Helena ship, which has undergone extensive refurbishment to lower its emissions in order to transport the championship’s freight and logistics around the world. This is estimated to reduce carbon by two thirds in comparison with air freight.
  • Not having fans at events. (Depending on the type and location of events, fans can represent 20 to 50% of the total footprint of an event once you consider their transport, food and beverage, and merchandising).
  • A cap on the number of members each team has on-site to just seven each – two drivers, one engineer and four mechanics.
  • Remote broadcast operations.
  • The use of alternative fuel HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) generators instead of diesel counterparts for all on-site power needs.

Extreme E gets underway in January 2021 with the RMS St. Helena being boarded in December of this year.