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UK TRANSPORT SECRETARY HAILS FORMULA E’S “WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE” AT COP28

  • Saturday, December 9, 2023, 6:45 am
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In a landmark moment for electric mobility at COP28's Transport Day, the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Mark Harper MP, commended Formula E for its pioneering role in revolutionizing electric mobility. Describing the series as a "myth-busting" force, Mark Harper MP highlighted Formula E's exceptional blend of "world-class performance" and commitment to the carbon agenda.

In a major move to boost electric vehicle infrastructure, Mark Harper MP announced the UK Government's £70 million pilot scheme to expand ultra-rapid EV charging points across motorway services, marking a significant stride towards the UK's net-zero targets.

Formula E's role as a catalyst for technological advancement and decarbonization in the road vehicle sector was praised by the MP, who outlined the championship's potential to help the UK achieve its ambitious environmental goals.

The announcement followed insightful panel discussions at the summit, featuring experts from Formula E's ecosystem, including ABB, DHL, NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, Envision Racing, and UNICEF. These sessions delved into the future of mobility and the championship's influential role in driving sustainable change and technical innovation.

The panel sessions and broader efforts at COP28 by Formula E and its partners underlined the synergy of sustainability, entertainment, and innovation in electric racing, demonstrating the sport’s significant role in fostering sustainable human progress.

Jeff Dodds, CEO, Formula E, commented after the session:

"Formula E's presence at COP28 sends a powerful message that sustainability and high performance can coexist without compromise. Our championship has consistently pushed the envelope in e-mobility, thrilling fans worldwide while serving as a cutting-edge test bed for EV technology.

“We're gratified to see the UK’s recognition of our efforts and excited about the potential for our track innovations to transform everyday electric vehicles and consumer technology.

“The UK's investment in EV infrastructure is a testament to the tangible impact of our vision, reinforcing Formula E's position at the forefront of sustainable motorsport and technological progress."

In a related session at COP28, Julia Pallé, Vice President of Sustainability at Formula E, delivered two masterclass workshops at DHL’s Dubai Innovation Centre. Pallé emphasized the critical need for action and collaboration in combating climate change, highlighting how sustainability can – and must – accelerate growth rather than hinder it.

Speaking about the urgent need for action to tackle climate change, Julia Pallé, Vice President of Sustainability at Formula E said:

"The time for debate is over; it's time to embrace change. Our partnership with DHL showcases how collaboration and innovation are central to advancing sustainable human progress. Formula E and DHL are demonstrating that sustainability is not a limit to growth but a driver for innovation and progress."

These efforts by Formula E and its partners at COP28 underscore the significant role Formula E plays in shaping the future of sustainable mobility and leading the global conversation on sustainability and innovation.