Mahindra becomes first Formula E team to get Three-Star FIA EAP certificate
The Indian team is only the second motor racing outfit to achieve the feat.
Mahindra Racing became the first Formula E team to be awarded Three-Star (the maximum) status under the FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme, which becomes a norm to be part of the all-electric championship going forward.
The highest Three-Star status will have to be attained for all Formula E teams to enter Season 9 i.e 2022-2023, while Two-Star will be required for Season 8 i.e 2021-2022. The FIA relies on the universal international environmental certification roadmaps.
It includes the best practices such as those in the ISO 14001 standard. With the Three-Star, Mahindra joins McLaren F1 Team in getting the recognition - to be only the second motor racing outfit to do so, as the Indian manufacturer works to achieve a group-wide carbon neutrality.
The statement adds: "Mahindra Hariyali initiative, the Group aims to increase the green cover by planting more and more trees and providing livelihood and nutritional security with a commitment to plant 1 million trees every year. With the annual commitment of one million trees met this year, the plantation stands at 18 million trees over the last 13 years. Hariyali means ‘greenery’ in Hindi.
"Mahindra Racing’s efforts are underpinned by the wider Mahindra Group sustainability efforts. Chairman Anand Mahindra is considered one of the world's most innovative business leaders and has been an outspoken advocate of seizing the business opportunities associated with climate change; building sustainable and enduring businesses by rejuvenating the environment.
"The sustainability framework is a comprehensive one that guides Mahindra Group’s actions and it has a long-term commitment towards the preservation and improvement of the environment. Its climate commitments include being a carbon neutral group by 2040, it is a ‘water positive’ group and it owns 14 facilities that are Zero-Waste-to-Landfill certified (by Intertek), where it was able to recycle, reuse & compost over 140,000 tonnes of waste in 2018 alone."
“As sustainable and responsible motor sport is a priority for the FIA, I am pleased that Mahindra Racing has achieved this milestone," said FIA President Jean Todt. "Energy efficiency is in the DNA of the FIA and Formula E and this new step forward is another proof of our commitment to environmental best practice. I now urge the other teams to walk in the footsteps of Mahindra Racing.”
Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle stated: "Many congratulations to Mahindra Racing for achieving FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation. Mahindra is recognised for its commitment to developing innovative, high quality mass market electric cars and shares Formula E’s vision that accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles is critical to counteracting climate change.
"Back in Season 1, Formula E was proud to become the first FIA championship to achieve Three-Star Accreditation. Today, Mahindra Racing, who have been on the grid since our inaugural race, become our first team confirmed to have achieved this landmark."
And finally, Mahindra's Dilbagh Gill added: “Sustainability is not a buzz word for us. It is ingrained into our ethos and a big part of the reason we are racing in Formula E; working to develop and promote cutting edge EV technology and to promote the ‘race to road’ programme to improve the next generation of consumer electric vehicles.
"Our parent company Mahindra Group is a pioneer in the development of electric vehicles. Formula E is an integral part of Mahindra’s vision to develop advanced yet affordable EV products. Over the six years of the Formula E project to date, we have been working tirelessly not only on our racing programme and race to road, but on walking the walk, in terms of our sustainability talk.
"I could not be prouder of the team for the hard work and dedication, which has now resulted in this historic moment of receiving Three-Star accreditation from the FIA. 2020 has been incredibly tough and, for me, it is a special moment to be able to take a huge positive from the most challenging of situations.”
Meanwhile, the statement from the FIA stated:
"The announcement of Mahindra Racing’s achieving FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme status follows the recent announcement by Formula E Holdings that the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has become the first sport to be certified as carbon neutral since inception. Formula E was also the first FIA championship to achieve Three-Star status in 2014 and holds it since then.
"Signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, like Formula E Holdings, the FIA has made the Environment one of the four key pillars of #PurposeDriven, the movement launched to increase motor sport and mobility’s contribution to society. This accreditation programme has been in place since 2012. By introducing clear and consistent environmental management into motor sport, it provides stakeholders with a three-level framework against which to accredit their respective activities.
"At a meeting held in Geneva in March, all the ABB FIA Formula E teams committed to embracing the FIA Environmental Accreditation programme. After an initial accreditation process for Season 7 (2020-21) entry, a Two-Star certificate – involving the application of good practices – will be necessary to enter Season 8 (2021-22). The highest accreditation level (Three-Star) will then be required to compete in season 9 (2022-23), the point at which the Gen 3 race cars will be introduced. Holder of an FIA Two-Star accreditation since 2016, Mahindra Racing formally applied for Three-Star accreditation in December 2019. Since the last renewal audit of the Two-Star accreditation in 2018, it has developed an advanced environmental management system within the Formula E team.
"The FIA Accreditation relies on international environmental certification roadmaps and best practices such as those in the ISO 14001 standard but was specifically developed to fit all FIA stakeholders. All applications are evaluated by an accredited ISO auditor. Above all, the sustainability teams of the FIA and Formula E are working hand in hand with the manufacturers and teams to support the changes required.
"Their approach has also involved, for example, making a carbon calculation tool freely available to FIA Three-Star accredited stakeholders. This is an online platform, which allows teams to define their organisational footprint using internationally-accepted standards and measure progress on a yearly basis. "
[Image courtesy: Mahindra Racing]