VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES F1 TEAM NAMES CNI AS ASSOCIATE PARTNER FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Over the past four years the entire McLaren Group has rigorously examined, revised and improved every aspect of its operations to reduce carbon footprint. In December 2011, working with CNI, a long-held ambition was achieved with the Group certified as fully carbon-neutral.
Following the successful implementation of a suite of efficiency-driven measures across McLaren Group’s operations, the company has formally partnered with CNI to maintain its carbon neutral status for the next three years. To offset the Group’s remaining carbon emissions it will work with CNI to purchase carbon credits, which will be registered and retired on the APX Environmental Register.
This year McLaren will be purchasing carbon credits from environmental projects across a number of geographies, the first of which will support the Nansha Hydro Power Project in Yunnan Province, China.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said:
“CNI played an important role in enabling Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to become fully carbon-neutral, and I am delighted to welcome them as an Associate Partner in our on going drive to improve environmental performance. With a step-chang
“At Vodafone McLaren Mercedes we’ve worked extremely hard for a number of years to become more efficient and environmentally sympathetic. We were the first Formula 1 team to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for our efforts in improving carbon efficiency and the first to be certified fully carbon-neutral. It was an achievement of great significance both for us, and our partners.
“However, these are the early stages of our journey rather than the ultimate destination. Even the most carbon-efficient business faces challenges as it follows its normal operating procedures. It is our duty to remain vigilant against waste and inefficiency, and to focus our inventive power on leading technological change over the coming decade.”
Edward Carlton, CNI managing director, said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Continuing at the forefront of sustainability Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has gone even further, offsetting the whole McLaren Group. CNI is proud to be a part of this achievement and to have provided the platform to strengthen McLaren’s commitment to sound sustainability policy.”
The McLaren Group has implemented a rigorous approach to reducing its environmental impact, which has already seen CO2 emissions per employee reduced by 18.4% in four years. Tough new targets have now been set to reduce CO2 emissions by a further 2.5% each year and to send zero waste to landfill by 2015.
In recognition of the Group’s commitment to sustainability, the Carbon Trust Standard was achieved in 2010, recertified 2012, and recently McLaren became the first company in the world to receive the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.
McLaren choses CNI as its Associate Partner for sustainability as the company offers a first class range of environmental consultancy, including audit and energy management in addition to carbon offsetting.
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