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New way to carbon offset trialled for Jim Clark Rally

April 6, 2023

Carbon Positive Motorsport are to trial a new carbon offsetting package for the Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally and Reivers Rally.

Carbon Positive Motorsport are to test an innovative new way for competitors to offset their CO2 emissions from fuel usage, in time for the 2023 Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally and Reivers Rally.

The new offsetting solution is designed to enable competitors who wish to carbon offset their on-event competition emissions using Carbon Positive Motorsport's verified high quality carbon offsetting projects.

This is a fast, easy and low-cost way to offset competitor CO2e on events who are not offering the use of Carbon Positive Motorsport’s end-to-end event carbon offsetting package.

The new offer has been created based on taking input and feedback from competitors and events alike. It provides an alternative to Carbon Positive Motorsport's standard online offsetting offer, which requires competitors to enter their fuel consumption in litres.

Both of our offers allow a competitor's purchase to be registered and visible on the UK Land Registry, with the event name and competitor's invoice number.

By working with Carbon Positive Motorsport's unique database of fuel consumption for actual competition vehicles, the new offer allows an close estimate of the average competitor's carbon footprint and the corresponding positive offsetting level.

Events who use the end-to-end event offsetting service receive additional support and benefits, such as offsetting organiser's vehicles and ongoing support towards their environmental and sustainability targets. Where events are not using this service, Carbon Positive Motorsport are able to reduce the costs for the competitor, while continuing to provide the highest quality of assured future offsetting through 100% UK-based Woodland Carbon Code certified carbon offsetting projects.

For the Jim Clark Rally and Reivers Rally, this new product uses an exceptionally high quality carbon offsetting project, fully planted and verified in the Scottish borders, which has been developed by Carbon Positive Motorsport's exclusive partner Highland Carbon.

The cost is £17.50 for the Jim Clark Rally and £12.50 for the Reivers Rally, which is considerably lower than alternative optional offsetting costs, and brings full traceability for purchasers via the UK Land Registry.

Further details of this project and its relevance to the important River Tweed can be found at Broad Hill Woods and can be seen in the Sky News Climate Show

Additionally, Carbon Positive Motorsport have previously announced that they will donate 10% of their profits to local environmental organisations based in the communities who support motorsport. For this year’s event, the donation will be made to ‘Greener Duns’ who are a very active local voluntary organisation with the goal of ‘Helping Duns towards a more sustainable future’.

Beatson’s Building Supplies and Carbon Positive Motorsport partnered with a co-branded car on the 2022 Mull Rally.

Carbon Positive Motorsport founder Paul Glass said: "As we are purpose driven, we are always listening to feedback from competitors and events. We constantly look at ways in which we can improve our offer to support making motorsport and the environment sustainable for future generations to enjoy.

"This test will be the first of several this year where we will offer carbon offsetting directly to competitors using our average calculations, to make it easier and faster for a competitor to make a positive difference.

"The new offer sits between, and complements, our existing online offer and event package - which has proven to be very well received by competitors and events alike. We have seen that where events offer our end-to-end event carbon offsetting service that most competitors support the event by deciding to offset.

"We're always looking for ways to create the highest level of offsetting possible for the benefit of motorsport. By increasing volumes, we can not only reduce the costs of offsetting for all, but also influence the development of future projects on a more regional basis. This new offer further supports this goal because it's available to competitors on events not using our service."

John Marshall, Paul Glass, Ashleigh Morris, and Tom Heap on last years Beatson Building Supplies Mull Rally Sky News Climate Show filming day.

"I’m especially happy that we are launching the test of this new offer on the sister event to the Beatson’s Mull Rally. At Mull we partnered with John Marshall and Beatson’s Building Supplies to highlight the credibility of our purpose, the validity of our carbon offsetting projects and the benefits of our offer. As a result, the Beatson’s brand and the Mull Rally received valuable widespread positive national media coverage through the Sky News Climate show, as well as the future offsetting of 46 tonnes of CO2e recorded on the UK Land Registry in the event and sponsor’s name."

Carbon Positive Motorsport brand ambassador, Ashleigh Morris, will return to competition in Scotland with her rebuilt Fiesta R200 ‘JIG’ on this year’s Jim Clark. Ashleigh has just returned from her first international event, the two-day tarmac Rallye de Grasse in southern France, where she was competing in a Racing Solutions Peugeot 208 Rally 4.

Ashleigh Morris and Martin Hagget took part in last week’s Rallye de Grasse.

Ashleigh said: "“For competitors this new offer from Carbon Positive Motorsport helps to provide the highest quality carbon offsetting at a lower cost on events which don't offer the end-to-end carbon offsetting event package.

"My sponsors and I really value the way this offsetting is verified and gives full traceability through the UK Land Registry.

"After competing in France, and then rushing back to co-drive on the Cadwell Park rally, I’m really looking forward to getting back out in my own car ‘JIG’ for the Jim Clark. It was one of my favourite events last year, and I’m planning to compete in the main rally and the Reivers this year. I can’t wait to get back out on the Scottish stages."

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