Ahead of the 13th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management has announced that it has been awarded the highest level of environmental certification by the FIA.

The Three Star certification means that the FIA has recognised the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s environmental performance and its commitment to environmental management and sustainability ahead of the 2021 season finale.

ADMM has undertaken a number of initiatives at the Yas Marina Circuit for this year’s #AbuDhabiGP, including uniforming all staff from recycled plastic, introducing ‘plastic-free’ environments in the media centre, paddock and pit lane and team villas, and implementing an innovative water recycling system called Eshara in key locations that use atmospheric water generators (AWG) that can create high-quality drinking water from the air.

This technology provides access to high quality drinking water, eliminating the need for plastic bottles and transportation, and will provide water to race participants in the Yas KartZone, Main Grandstand, Media Centre and Paddock throughout the weekend.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix environmental certification is fully in line with Formula 1’s environmental sustainability plan, which should enable the championship to reduce its carbon footprint, hold sustainable events by 2025 and become ‘net zero carbon’ by 2030.

Etihad Airways, the title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has also announced that the flagship aircraft of Etihad’s sustainability programme, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, dubbed the Greenliner, will fly on race day this year.

The GEnX-powered 787 is one of the most efficient types of aircraft – on average 15-20 per cent more fuel-efficient than similar aircraft – and the Greenliner programme tests initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and improve the environmental sustainability of the entire aviation industry.

The UAE’s flagship carrier aims to halve carbon emissions in 2019 by 2035 and achieve a net reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Like Formula One, Etihad is firmly committed to green aviation fuels (SAFs) as part of its decarbonisation strategy.

Jean Todt, FIA president, said: “The FIA’s environmental certification system is an important standard by which sustainable motorsport and its stakeholders are judged. I am delighted to see that the strong and ongoing commitment demonstrated by the Yas Marina circuit has enabled it to reach the three-star level. Ground-breaking innovation has always been part of motor racing.”

Saif Al Noaimi, CEO of ADMM, said: “We are delighted to have received the FIA’s top environmental management certification and it is a testament to the collaborative efforts of all members of the Yas Marina Circuit community. This award is also recognition that ADMM is working closely with its partners to continue to move towards zero, and we have reached an important milestone on our journey. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact and look forward to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which promises to be the greenest ever.”

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