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McLaren become world’s first carbon-neutral F1 team 05 Dec 2011

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/26. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 27 November 2011 McLaren trucks.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix Preparations, Silverstone, England, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 (L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren andd Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer at a team photo.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 26 November 2011 McLaren motorhome.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix Preparations, Silverstone, England, Wednesday, 6 July 2011

McLaren revealed on Monday that they have achieved a long-held ambition in becoming fully carbon-neutral - the first Formula One team ever to receive such certification.

By implementing a series of efficiency-driven measures within their UK base, the McLaren Technology Centre, the team were able to achieve annual savings of more than 1500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Additionally, they have invested in extensive training and familiarisation courses for the drivers of their fleet of trucks and transporters, concentrating on safe and economical driving, with every vehicle fitted with monitoring equipment to help further develop and refine efficient driving techniques.

“I’m both delighted and proud that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has become the world’s first carbon-neutral Formula One team,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh. “It’s a considerable achievement: the result of a lot of hard work by a number of extremely dedicated individuals within our organisation, and a testament to our philosophy of continuous improvement within the workplace.”

Although McLaren have improved their carbon efficiency by 8.6 percent, in order to officially become fully carbon-neutral, they have still needed to purchase carbon credits in order to wholly offset their carbon footprint. They have thus invested in two hydro-electric projects in India and Brazil, chosen for their prominence on the current Formula One landscape and also for their employment of technical solutions that bring considerable value to local communities.

“Today’s announcement is the strongest possible proof that we’ve gone farther than any other Formula One team in becoming more environmentally sympathetic and efficient - an achievement that’s of great importance not only to our entire organisation but also to all our partners too,” added Whitmarsh.

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