In line with its mission to showcase practical solutions to global environmental problems, the ZERO Emissions Race was planned and managed according to a sustainability policy.
Although the event was planned and managed to avoid the generation of greenhouse gas emissions, an unavoidable 201 tonnes of CO2(e) was produced. These came from the following sources:
|Staff commuting||0.6 t|
|Staff business travel||33.9 t|
|Participant travel (flights & train)||111.9 t|
|En route support vehicles & escorts||23.3 t|
|Intercontinental vehicle shipping||19.1 t|
|Hotel stays en route||11.6 t|
The above emissions were offset 100% by the Swiss non-profit organisation myclimate. The offset was invested in a solar lighting project in rural Ethiopia. The installation of photovoltaic cells on the roofs of Ethiopian houses for electricity production gives families access to lighting and improves the livelihoods of people living in the rural regions of Ethiopia. The use of solar lighting instead of kerosene lamps has positive effects on people’s health and leads to reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
myclimate guarantees at least 80 percent of offset payments are channelled into carbon offset projects, which meet the international quality of CDM and Gold Standards. myclimate carbon offset projects are externally verified at their beginning and annually verified to ensure achievement of emissions reductions in accordance with the UN standard and/or the Gold Standard.
For event planning, ZERO Emissions Race headquarters was located in a green building in the D4 Complex in Technopark Luzern. These premises are powered by a mix of solar and geothermal energies, and all office operations for ZERO Emissions Race event planning were based on the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.
For the world journey, all ZERO Race participant vehicles were required to have a vehicle with a 100% electric motor, powered by 100% renewable energy. Some teams produced their own renewable power in their home countries directly, or purchased energy certificates equivalent for the entire 80-day journey.
For the 80-day journey, all participants received guidance and an accompanying code of conduct document to ensure minimum social and environmental impacts. Participants were also given reusable bottles, cutlery and shopping bags to reduce waste production.