Silverstone is currently focusing on a different track, setting sustainability firmly in its vision.
The home of British motorsport has become the first venue of its kind to sign the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action.
The United Nations initiative requires venues and organisations to work towards principles of the Paris Agreement under key areas entitled: Avoid, Reduce, Substitute/replace, Compensate and Report.
The racing events venue already takes sustainability seriously – since 2018 it has sent ‘zero waste’ to landfill – and now the health of the environment is firmly in its vision.
As part of its venue and facility investment strategy the Northamptonshire-based venue has pledged a ten-year sustainability plan, part of which includes its aim to become net zero carbon emission by 2030.
Lots of other initiatives have been achieved and will be set to help it achieve its green goals, such as by 2023 all site generators will be fuelled by renewable energy.
Other works to date include the installation of 1,342 solar panels on its International Conference and Exhibition Centre.
Further solar panel installation will be completed by the autumn when 2,764 panels covering over 5,200m² will provide 13% of the venue’s power.
Catering has also been given an overhaul – with an effort to use less and therefore waste less and on the menu will be more vegan and plant based options.
As well as making tangible reductions and improvements, Silverstone also plans to educate partners and punters alike with initiatives such as providing thirty vehicle charging stations on site with points at the Conference Venue, Museum, and the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
Stuart Pringle of Silverstone commented “As the home of British motorsport we have a responsibility to lead the way with smarter and cleaner methods of working and sustainability will be at the heart of all we do at Silverstone. I am delighted that we have completed our first major step of this journey with the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Conference Venue and I look forward to unveiling more initiatives as we move forward with our Shift to Zero."