Wales Rally Events Earn Sustainability Awards
Wales Rally GB and Rally d’Italia join the FIA Institute’s Sustainability Programme
Wales Rally GB and Rally d’Italia have become the latest World Rally Championship events to achieve accreditation in the FIA Institute’s Sustainability Programme.
Wales Rally GB was awarded the top level in the Sustainability Programme – Achievement of Excellence – while Rally d’Italia was granted the second level award, Progress towards Excellence.
During the inspection of Wales Rally GB, which became carbon neutral in 2008, the FIA Institute’s auditors were impressed by the organiser’s robust environmental policy, the structure of its environmental management team and its detailed monitoring system, which demonstrated a clear focus on continuous improvement within the organisation. The development and implementation of a complete Environmental Management System manual in a relatively short time also impressed the auditors.
When Rally d’Italia was audited, the event’s environmental policy and the structure of its environmental management team was considered comprehensive and effective. In addition, documents such as the ‘Environmental Recommendations to Rally Sardinia Stakeholders’ that are produced by Rally d’Italia demonstrated a good understanding of the collective responsibility to include all event stakeholders in its environmental management process.
Garry Connelly, FIA Institute Deputy President and Environmental Ambassador, said: “Congratulations to both Wales Rally GB and Rally d’Italia on these achievements. Rally events take place in settings that present unique challenges to motor sport stakeholders when it comes to the environment, so this is an impressive accomplishment.”
Six WRC events have now achieved accreditation in the Sustainability Programme, including the carbon-neutral Rally Australia, with more expected to follow before the end of the year. From 2017, the accreditation scheme will transfer to the FIA and will form part of the Action for Environment programme.