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McLaren receive top FIA environmental award 15 Feb 2013

Aerial view of the McLaren Production Centre (left) and McLaren Technology Centre (right). Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One Testing, Day 4, Jerez, Spain, Friday, 8 February 2013 (L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer and Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
McLaren MP4-28 Launch, McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, England, 31 January 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 7 February 2013

McLaren have become the first motorsport organisation in the world to receive the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.

The award is part of a broader initiative between the FIA and the FIA Institute aimed at evaluating and reducing the environmental impact of motorsport. It is also the highest level attainable within the FIA Institute Sustainability Programme, which helps motorsport stakeholders to measure, improve and be recognised for their environmental performance.

“We’re delighted to receive this Award for Excellence from the FIA Institute,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh. “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.”

FIA President, Jean Todt, commented: “McLaren’s award is an important step in the recognition by motorsport 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.”

Underpinning the FIA Institute Sustainability Programme is an environmental accreditation scheme - the Environmental Certification Framework - the first to have been developed specifically for motor sport. It enables National Sporting Authorities, teams, circuits, manufacturers, and event organisers to achieve the highest standards in environmental management.

Organisations that sign up are rated against three levels of environmental performance, so measuring their achievement and providing a benchmark against which to improve.

Shortly after the scheme was announced, in June 2012, McLaren applied for accreditation and underwent a series of stringent assessments set out by FIA Institute environmental experts. The team achieved the highest level through demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement and impressive environmental awareness throughout the entire organisation.

“We pride ourselves on our environmental credentials but the FIA Institute assessment really put those to the test,” said McLaren’s Head of Sustainability, Ian MacDonald. “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.”

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