Last updated on January 3rd, 2023 at 11:24 pm
Extreme E, the all-electric international off-road racing series, has joined the United Nations’ Sports for Nature Declaration, a call for sporting organisations across the globe to do more for sustainability.
The series is one of the first to sign up to the UN’s Sport for Nature Framework, which aims to safeguard nature, contribute to new biodiversity goals, and restore key ecosystems by 2030.
Speaking at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) held in Montreal, Canada, Professor Carlos Duarte from Extreme E’s Scientific Committee added: “For Extreme E to be at the forefront of sporting organisations in signing the Sports for Nature Declaration is a landmark moment.
“We have already seen the vast potential of Extreme E to raise awareness of climate change and promote impactful solutions by engaging audiences in a shared vision of a sustainable planet. This will only continue to grow as the need to tackle climate change becomes more critical.”
As part of signing up to the Framework, Extreme E will commit to sustainability action plans for four principles:
- Protect nature and avoid damage to natural habitats and species
- Restore and regenerate nature wherever possible
- Understand and reduce risks to nature in our supply chains
- Educate and inspire positive action for nature across and beyond sport
The series will provide an annual report regarding its commitment to the principles, where its effectiveness and credibility will be analysed alongside the other organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who have signed up.
“Our organisation recognises that protecting and restoring nature is critical for ensuring a healthy environment, which athletes and the whole of society need to thrive,” said Julia Wall-Clarke, Head of Impact and Communications at Extreme E.