As those who have read this blog for a while will know, I am a big F1 fan. When people first hear this news it has been known to causes scream of horror from certain quarters. Well you need scream no longer for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes have become the first F1 team to become carbon neutral. Yes an F1 car which does about 4mpg is carbon neutral, you can read all about it here.
I can hear the cynical comments already, however please note that if Vodafone McLaren Mercedes didn’t have the income from a successful F1 team then they wouldn’t have the money to fund the projects. Should you remain a cynic and drive a car then read the following bit again. A F1 car whizzing around a track in excess of 200mph – in the big scheme of things – is better for the environment than your car unless, that is, you own one of the very few carbon neutral models.
More recently, we were recognised by the government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, which publishes a performance league table of more than 2000 participating British businesses: we were ranked 92nd overall.
Most significantly, we were not only the highest-placed Formula 1 team in the scheme, but also the highest-placed automotive manufacturer – a not inconsiderable feat.