The Manx Rally is partnering with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for this year’s event.
The Manx Rally will be the fifth event of 2022 to take steps to mitigate its carbon footprint through certified carbon offsetting projects.
Carbon Positive Motorsport was launched last year and provided offsetting to competitors at all levels of the sport, including current British Rally champion Matt Edwards, former Scottish Rally Champions Jock Armstrong, David Bogie, current multiple rally Championship winner Garry Pearson, and Osian Price in this year’s BRC.
A number of leading competitors and events across all motorsport disciplines have started to recognise and act on the need to take positive action to reduce the environmental impact of the sport. Competitors and event organisers recognise that the sport has to become sustainable today and for future generations to enjoy. The initiative has generated large interest in the sport, as well as in the media such as the BBC.
Carbon Positive Motorsport, who provide carbon offsetting for motorsport events, teams, competitors, and spectators, will provide carbon positive levels of offsetting for all the rally organisation vehicles on the event itself. This level of offsetting will provide 25% more carbon offsetting in the future than is generated today through the fuel use associated with their participation.
To further reduce the event's environmental impact, Carbon Positive Motorsport are also offering all Manx competitors, marshals, and spectators a 20% discount to encourage everyone to help the event bring a positive environmental impact.
The initiative forms the first step of a partnership that will help create an environmental road map for the event over the coming years. The aim is to progressively increase the carbon offsetting of the event footprint, and in the future possibly move to innovative Blue Carbon offsetting projects that CPM are developing with their offsetting partner, Highland Carbon.
In addition, the company are donating 10% of their sales profits to support motorsport organisations in the Ukraine, who are providing essentials to people who have been devastated by the current war through a collaboration with championship winning Ukrainian co driver Juliya Yefymova.
Ukrainian co driver Juliya Yefymova is working together with Carbon Positive Motorsport to help direct funds raised through the sales of carbon offsetting to humanitarian causes in Ukraine.
Manx Auto Sport Chairman David Clucas said; "As an event it is great that we can team up with Carbon Positive Motorsport to promote the view that motorsport does not have to be seen as having an overall negative effect on the environment. This partnership will hopefully show how collaboration moving forward can bring a positive future for our sport, by providing a great way to help the planet via carbon offset.
"In working together with Carbon Positive Motorsport we hope to not only raise awareness, but also provide a platform for us as organisers and our competitors to take advantage of the systems on offer from Carbon Positive Motorsport.
"I would encourage all involved in the rally whether competitors, spectators, or marshals to take advantage of their introductory offer and help the event promote its environmental ambitions within the community.’’
Carbon Positive Motorsport director, Paul Glass added; "We're delighted to support this year’s event and live up to our purpose to help make motorsport sustainable for future generations to enjoy. Wherever possible we work with an event by using local rewilding-based offsetting projects and not overseas schemes, such quality of projects creates greater environmental benefits than offsetting alone.
"I’m pleased that we will be supporting the Manx Rally using woodland carbon code certified projects this year, but that we are working on the feasibility of Blue Carbon projects that use marine based projects to provide offsetting.
‘’It does not cost a lot to make a big difference, and I hope many will reflect on the need to act, and the benefits of doing so for the sport, sponsors, and the community. By taking advantage of our offer, it’s a great opportunity to contribute to offsetting their event consumption in whatever form it takes, through our website.’’
A special discount code has been created for the event - MR22CS - which will be available for all to use throughout the whole of May. 10% of all sales profits will be donated to humanitarian projects in the Ukraine.
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