In line with FIA continuous sustainability efforts, since 2022 new hybrid Rally1 cars, combining a 100 W electric motor with a combustion engine, and hydrocarbon-based fossil-free fuel, 100% sustainable, have been introduced in the WRC.
Also, according to FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme, ACP – Automóvel Club de Portugal, organiser of the WRC Rally de Portugal, has been certified since 2017 with the accreditation Achievement of Excellence, and subsequently with Three-Star Environmental Accreditation, the highest level of environmental sustainability recognition.
Proud of our common FIA and ACP heritage, the organisation of WRC Rally de Portugal remains committed to the FIA Sustainability Programme, in order to continue improving and minimising the environmental impact of the event and as one of the WRC events that welcomes a large number of spectators, WRC Rally de Portugal thrives to remain an example in terms of environmental issues, both nationally and internationally.
In order to fulfil our objectives, we have established partnerships with the Portuguese Environment Agency, all the municipalities involved in the event, environmental authorities and local waste management entities. We have also defined a programme to offset greenhouse gas emissions, and we promote actions to plant native species in the areas surrounding the event.
Therefore, WRC Rally de Portugal, through its Environmental Management System, will be guided by the following principles:
1. Comply with applicable environmental legislation, as well as other obligations voluntarily assumed, including the FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme;
2. Inform and train everyone involved in the organisation about its environmental policy;
3. Promote environmental awareness among our stakeholders (organisation, drivers, teams, volunteers, media, spectators and all external suppliers) and encourage them to make a personal commitment to this issue;
4. Take into account the environmental impact when choosing partners and suppliers, as well as in the process of selecting and purchasing products and services;
5. Reduce the environmental impact in terms of transportation, as far as possible, encouraging carpooling and car sharing, as well as the use of public transport;
6. Promote responsibility in preserving the environment by managing and monitoring the direct and indirect impacts of the event, in particular energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and other natural resources, and proper waste management;
7. Encourage adequate and proactive management of environmental risk, in particular pollution prevention and emergency response to accidents and/or disasters;
8. Promote the continuous improvement of processes, practices and environmental developments by defining and evaluating progressively more ambitious environmental objectives.
This Environmental Policy, supported by a strong “performance against objectives” attitude, will regularly be reviewed and updated, ensuring continuous improvement of the entire Environmental Management System.
The Organising Committee of WRC Rally de Portugal