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.”
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.