07 Sep 20

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies: Formula E's race for clean air

September 7 2020 marks the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, with the UN General Assembly emphasizing that more must be done to improve air quality and reduce air pollution to protect human health. Using world-class motorsport, Formula E aims to facilitate the transfer of technologies from race track to road and inspire innovation, to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles - driving the series' race for clean air forward.

Racing for cleaner air

Sustainability is deeply rooted in our DNA, as the reason we go racing. Formula E promotes electric mobility and alternative energy solutions to contribute to reducing air pollution and the fight against climate change, in partnership with the UN Environment Programme's #BeatAirPollution campaign, and whilst contributing towards nine of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Urban air pollution is currently increasing by eight per cent every five years and 95 percent of cities worldwide do not meet the guidelines established by the World Health Organization. It kills more people than smoking, with the WHO also estimating that seven million people die as a result of air pollution every year.

Alongside our partners, we are advocating the global adoption of clean mobility by enhancing technologies, working with cities to improve infrastructure and raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles - one of the most effective means of tackling urban air pollution.

Currently there are four barriers to the global uptake of electric vehicles and Formula E is stiriving to break down each:

  1. Perception: proving electric cars are high-performing and efficient.
  2. Technology: removing range anxiety and showcasing lifespan and longevity
  3. Infrastructure: increasing the number and speed of charging stations
  4. Cost: making cars cheaper in comparison to other options on the market

Our vision

We aspire to accelerate change towards an electric future, one race and one city at a time. Through the championship, we aim to raise awareness and inspire change in sustainable practises, contributing to reducing global carbon emissions and urban air pollution.

Using the spectacle of sport, we're sending powerful and meaningful message to help change perceptions and speed up the switch to electric mobility. We also operate as a testbed to push the development of new technologies needed for an electric, low-carbon future.

 

Learn more about air pollution, what's being done, and find out how you can be part of the movement to #ClearTheAir on the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies