CNI Associate Partner for Sustainability for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

MP4-28_2013_F1_race_carCNI UK certifies Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as 100% carbon neutral. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes announced that it had been certified by CNI (UK) as 100% carbon neutral and is currently the world’s first carbon neutral Formula 1 team. Certification thereby proves that McLaren is ahead of other teams when it comes to concerns arising due to carbon footprint.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has implemented a number of measures which will help reduce carbon footprint at source within the ‘McLaren Technology Centre’. Through these methods savings of more than 1500 tonnes of CO2 have been achieved annually. In relation to the company’s ethics and ideology, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has chosen two hydroelectric projects in India and Brazil to help boost carbon offsetting and improve services being provided.

Following its successful certification the team has partnered with CNI (UK) to manage subsequent carbon neutral ratings for the next three years.The partnership with CNI will work towards carbon neutral status for the next 3 years. In offsetting current carbon emissions, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will work with CNI to purchase carbon credits. This year McLaren will purchase carbon credits from environmental projects from multiple locales, the first supports 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-change in the Formula 1 regulations imminent, we face a new era of challenge and opportunity – one in which we can firmly establish the sport as the definitive platform for the transport and energy solutions of the future.”

He added “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.”