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SRO Motorsports Group Launch Road to Carbon Neutrality

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#52 AF Corse Ferrari, Lorenzo Bontempelli, Louis Machiels, Maurizio Mediani.
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SRO Motorsports Group, organisers of GT World Challenge Europe and the Intelligent Money British GT Championship, have announced a roadmap towards running carbon-neutral series’ by 2023.

SRO began working with its corporate social responsibility (CSR) division and environmental experts in 2020, aiming to reduce the carbon impact of its series’ both on and off-track.

Working with partner Futerra, the Group hopes to achieve operational carbon neutrality by 2023, a journey starting in January 2021.

In-depth details of its plans have yet to be published, but SRO has outlined several improvements aimed at reducing its operational carbon output in the coming years.

These include securing green energy supplies to SRO offices and facilities, increasing the efficiency of employee travel between events, developing lower-carbon race fuels and encouraging teams, drivers and circuits to support its green initiatives.

More day-to-day, in-office initiatives include improved sorting and recycling processes, using more sustainable office materials and more sustainable merchandise.

In addition to these, SRO will also be collaborating with Permian Global on a forest conservation project to help offset its on and off-track carbon emissions.

Permian Global works to protect at-risk areas of tropical rainforest from damage and/or conversion for housing etc., as well as illegal poaching and logging.

They also try to move local economies away from relying on rainforests’ finite resources and towards more sustainable ones.

SRO’s initial roadmap will see them implement their push for carbon reduction and emission offsetting in 2021-22, with a view to being entirely carbon-neutral from 2023, while working towards further sustainability and emission reduction within wider motorsport.

The Intelligent Money British GT Championship is earmarked for a 22/23 May start at Brands Hatch, while GT World Challenge Europe starts its 2021 campaign at Monza on 16-18 April, following two test days at Circuit Paul Ricard on 25/26 March.

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