Extreme E awarded Motorsport UK’s Environmental Award
Motorsport UK is pleased to announce Extreme E, the new radical off-road racing series founded by Alejandro Agag, as the recipient of its 2022 Environmental Award.
Extreme E was announced as the recipient at Motorsport UK’s Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in London in recognition of its exceptional contribution towards environmental responsibility and extensive efforts to promote sustainability during its inaugural season in 2021.
The award was presented by Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers, to Extreme E competitor Catie Munnings, and Head of Communications for Extreme E, Julia Fry.
The Motorsport UK Environmental Award was created to recognise a truly exceptional and outstanding achievement or contribution towards environmental responsibility and the active promotion of sustainability within motorsport activities, events and communications. Previous recipients have included Williams Hybrid Power, Rally for Wales and Lord Drayson.
It underpins the UK governing body’s continued focus on sustainability within motorsport. In 2021 Motorsport UK published its sustainability strategy which contains a series of climate action recommendations and commitments to creating a sustainable sport. These include supporting clubs as the world transitions to low-carbon technologies in the future – especially around sustainable fuels.
At an international level, Motorsport UK has committed to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework alongside 270 other sporting organisations. This framework contains a set of principles that revolve around the objective of helping global sport measure, reduce and report greenhouse gas emissions based upon a commitment to the Paris Agreement of keeping global warming well below two degrees.
David Richards CBE, Chair of Motorsport UK, said: “Motorsport is a microcosm of society and faces the same existential issue shared by all industries and individuals around how we can tackle climate change.
“The Motorsport UK Board chose Extreme E as the recipient of its Environmental Award because it has demonstrated that climate change can be tackled on several fronts. This novel off-road racing series uses the powerful platform of motorsport to highlight the damage that we have created to our environment all around the world and how we can address these issues.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “We’re only just starting out on this incredible journey, but already we have achieved so much and all of us at Extreme E are proud to be recognised so early and at such a high level in the industry.
“We have an amazing opportunity, not only to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible for Extreme E, but to further our role of inspiring others within the motorsport industry to join us in making changes, small or large, as we all look to the future. The race against climate change is one that we can win and must win.”
Genesys Andretti United Extreme E driver Catie Munnings added: “It was an honour to attend tonight’s Motorsport UK’s Night of Champions and pick up the Environmental Award on behalf of Extreme E.
“The Championship did a fantastic job in its inaugural season to help highlight numerous climate issues across the globe and it was a great privilege to be involved in the legacy programmes alongside Timmy [Hansen] and my team, Genesys Andretti United Extreme E. Each one of us can make a difference, but together we can make change.”
Extreme E received the Environmental Award at Motorsport UK’s Night of Champions, an annual celebration of motorsport where British champions are celebrated and receive awards for their achievements.