The Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages is to partner with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for this year’s event.
The Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages will partner with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for all competitors and organisers event vehicles, as part of a long-term roadmap and commitment to mitigate the events carbon footprint.
Carbon Positive Motorsport are the first company in the world to offer dedicated carbon offsetting services exclusively for motorsport, providing carbon offsetting for all motorsport events, teams, competitors, and spectators, and will provide carbon positive levels of offsetting for all the rally organisation vehicles and competitors as part of their entry.
Carbon Positive Motorsport was launched last year and has provided offsetting to competitors at all levels of the sport, including current British Rally champion Matt Edwards, former champion David Bogie, and current BRC championship front runners Garry Pearson and Osian Price, each of whom have become brand ambassadors for Carbon Positive Motorsport and are supporting the adoption of carbon offsetting within rallying as part of the solution to reduce the sport's environmental impact.
Current triple British Rally Champion Matt Edwards has been a long-standing campaigner for the need for rallying to improve its environmental perception and has been heavily involved with Carbon Positive Motorsport as its leading brand ambassador since its launch last year.
Since its launch, the Carbon Positive Motorsport initiative has generated large interest in the sport. Competitors and events across all motorsport disciplines have started to recognise and act on the environmental needs of the sport, to ensure that motorsport and the environment are sustainable for future generations to enjoy.
The event will benefit from a level of carbon offsetting that will provide 25% more carbon offsetting in the future than is generated today through the average fuel use associated with their participation.
By only using the highest possible quality of 100% UK based carbon offsetting projects which generate carbon reduction in the future through rewilding, greater environmental benefits such as restoration of ancient woodlands, and the reintroduction of native species of trees and animals to improve biodiversity, will result in a greater positive environmental impact than by offsetting alone.
Stringent verification processes assure genuine and greater long-lasting impact than for typical commercial carbon offsetting schemes, which often use low cost and quality overseas projects, or abatement schemes which generally replace future carbon emissions rather than sequester and capture the existing carbon in the atmosphere.
All carbon offsetting for this year’s event will be registered on the UK Land registry in the name of the event and organising club, which ensures traceability of the total carbon emissions that will be offset.
To further reduce the event's environmental impact, Carbon Positive Motorsport are also offering all Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages competitors and spectators a 20% discount on their standard web shop prices, to encourage all travelling to the event to help bring a greater positive environmental impact.
The initiative forms the first step of a partnership that will help create an environmental road map for the event, to progressively reduce and further offset the event's footprint.
Additionally, Carbon Positive Motorsport are donating 10% of their sales profits to support motorsport organisations in the Ukraine, who are providing humanitarian aid to people who have been devastated by the current war through a collaboration with championship winning Ukrainian co driver Juliya Yefymova.
Mark Ellison of Manx Autosport commented, "Manx Autosport are partnering up with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide to all competitors and event vehicles with carbon off-setting for now, and the future. As a Club we have a commitment to our carbon footprint. As organisers we have an environmental duty.
"We also intend, with our Isle of Man links to help, promote and assist Beach Buddies in keeping our beaches and coastline clean and free from the pollution and debris that end up on our shores.
"Our commitment, as a responsible Motorsport Club, not only extends to act on the environmental needs of the sport, as provided by Carbon Positive Motorsport, but will endeavour to reach out to the beaches and the shores of our Island with the help of "Beach Buddies" an Island based organisation."
Carbon Positive Motorsport director, Paul Glass said "We are delighted to support the Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages, the next step for the Club after working together on the Manx rally earlier this year. Over this year we have built up a very good relationship with the organising team and are proud to extend this partnership through our new end-to-end package for rally events, that uses our unique database of rally car fuel consumption, which is based on actual competition consumption figures to create an average figure that we can apply and offset.
"We have been working with events and competitors feedback to create the end-to-end event carbon offsetting package – which is all about creating the easiest and most affordable way for an event to make the biggest positive carbon offsetting impact, and to help an event to strengthen and sustain motorsport within their local communities.
"We are a purpose led business run by competitors and motorsport professionals who are genuinely passionate about motorsport and the environment. Our sole purpose is to help protect motorsport and the environment – making both sustainable for future generations to enjoy, with an affordable, and easy to use high quality offsetting service.’’
A special discount code (CKMMS22CS) has been created to use on Carbon Positive Motorsports online sales platform, which will be available for all competitors and spectators to use to carbon offset their event related travel.
You can help to make a big difference for the sport - whether you're an event organiser, competitor, spectator, or a business involved in motorsport, why not join with us to help make motorsport environmentally sustainable. Contact us for an initial event consultation to meet your event requirements - we offer a full range of bespoke services as well as our end-to-end carbon offsetting package.
For more information, or to become Carbon Positive yourself, visit carbonpositivemotorsport.com