The system behind the sustainability
Environmental protection has a long tradition at Sauber. For 20 years now the team has been using local power from a nearby incineration plant to heat its main building and, since 2004, the wind tunnel as well. An astonishing 100 per cent of the electricity used by the team is provided by renewable resources (hydroelectric power).
At the end of 2011 the team adopted, for the first time, a systematic approach to environmental protection by drawing up an environmental policy. Monisha Kaltenborn explained the reasons behind the move: “It is clear to see that the burden on our environment has become a key challenge for our society. By implementing our environmental policy we are aiming to face up to this challenge and fulfil our ecological responsibility. Our core business remains constructing and running Formula One racing cars. That will not change, and we will continue to do so with great conviction and equal passion. But we want to do what we do as responsibly as possible.”
The Sauber F1 Team goes carbon-neutral
After ISO 14001 certification was awarded to the company’s environmental management system in early April 2012, the next step followed: the Swiss team operates carbon-neutral. In 2015 carbon-connect AG became Promotional Partner of the Sauber F1 Team.
Offsetting carbon involves companies financing or part-financing projects that save the equivalent amount of carbon generated by the company. The key factor in this offset scheme is the judicious choice and monitoring of high-quality projects.
Monisha Kaltenborn explains: “We attach great importance to carbon offsetting, which is a consequence of the environmental policy we have adopted. It allows us to make an important contribution to protecting the environment. In carbon-connect AG we have found the ideal partner for these efforts.”
Certified environmental management system
The Sauber F1 Team has made a serious commitment to the environment. On 3rd April 2012, ISO 14001 certification was awarded to the Sauber Group’s environmental management system. ISO 14001 is the most widely established standard in this area worldwide, and certification attests that the team meets all the stated requirements.
The team began the development of its environmental management system with a comprehensive risk analysis and assessment. A set of organisational, technical and operational rules intended to ensure sustainable environmental protection was then put together with the participation of all employees.
Sauber’s environmental policy sets out the following principles and guidelines governing its commitment to environmental protection:
- Make the environment a management focus.
- Involve all employees in the process and ensure they have the necessary training.
- Reduce energy consumption and use renewable energy sources in place of fossil fuels.
- Reduce material consumption and ensure consistent recycling of waste materials.
- Use third-party projects to transfer knowledge into ecological mobility concepts.
- Incorporate suppliers and customers into the company’s environmental activities.
- Maximise transparency towards employees, authorities and partners (inventory, targets, evaluation).
As well as the development and certification of the environmental management system, the implementation of the company’s environmental policy has also prepared the ground for other projects, such as the construction and activation of a solar park at Sauber’s headquarters in Hinwil.
The solar park constructed in Hinwil has been on stream since September 2012. It is one of the largest solar car ports in Switzerland. The construction, consisting of 1,573 technically advanced and aesthetically appealing thin-film silicon photovoltaic modules, stretches over an area measuring 2,249 square metres. A roof of one of the factory buildings was fitted with solar modules and large sections of the company’s car park were covered, which brings a number of benefits. It took just six weeks to construct the solar park thanks to the innovative and cost-efficient way the modules are fitted. The installation delivers 155,600 kilowatt hours of power per year – equivalent to the electricity needs of 44 households.