McLaren Racing has published its first sustainability report, which details goals to reduce carbon emissions and create a completely circular sustainable Formula One car.
The ‘2021 Sustainability Report,’ which McLaren claims is the first of its sort from a motorsport team, discloses that the British racing team plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) impact by half by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2040.
McLaren stated last year that they intended to have a net-zero carbon impact by 2030, but the new research, although bigger in scope, pushes that date back by a decade.
McLaren’s new aims include investigating the construction of a completely circular Formula One car, as well as creating and adopting circulatory practices, in order to hasten the transition to a circular economy. The team will strive to improve its waste operations, as well as incorporate sustainability concepts early in the design process, taking into account environmental implications such as product lifespan and energy use.
McLaren indicated that it will prioritise removing single-use plastic trackside and decreasing waste from operational operations in 2021.
“The time for praising major businesses for promoting sustainability as a fundamental principle has gone,” stated McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
“By now, sustainable concepts should be built into the core of every contemporary organisation and should be guiding development and innovation decisions. I’m proud that by releasing McLaren Racing’s first-ever sustainability report, we’ve moved beyond awareness and purpose and into a new age of rapid action and responsibility.”
McLaren has thus appointed Kim Wilson as its first director of sustainability in 2022. In May, the team ensures its involvement in Formula E for the 2019 season, deepening its commitment to electric racing. This year, McLaren will also compete in the electric SUV series Extreme E.
“Sustainability is a serious issue that demands genuine participation and collaborative action,” Wilson added.
“Since joining McLaren in January, my first aim has been to create a report that correctly documents our effects, demonstrates where we are on our sustainable path, and, most importantly, paints a clear picture of the road ahead.”
“It’s essential that we do not solely disclose our own good progress, but also that we’re clear on how we match with industry objectives, government legislation and advice, global frameworks, and, of course, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
McLaren’s report also stated his support for diversity, equality, and inclusion. By 2030, the organisation expects 40% of its staff to be from under-represented communities. McLaren also claimed that it will actively promote and support its employees’ health and well-being.
According to McLaren’s own hiring data from 2021, 43% of new hires were female, and 12% of all recruits last year were from ethnic minority backgrounds.
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