Carbon Positive Motorsport are partnering with this weekend's Nicky Grist Stages.
The 2022 Nicky Grist Stages has partnered with Carbon Positive Motorsport as part of a new initiative to help mitigate the event's carbon footprint, in the first step of a comprehensive environmental roadmap for the popular rally.
The event is the first to pilot an end-to-end carbon offsetting event package that has been launched by Carbon Positive Motorsport. This innovative package has been created based on feedback from rally events and competitors. We wanted to make it easier for all involved in an event to contribute to mitigating their carbon footprint and environmental impact, through carbon offsetting the estimated average event day fuel used by competitors.
Thanks to over 90 competitors who have opted in to carbon offsetting their entry, 28,000 KG C02e of carbon will be offset in the future. This figure includes the organiser's vehicles, which will be offsetting their actual fuel use on the event day. This carbon offsetting will be recorded on the UK land registry in the name of the event, which provides full transparency and verification of the offsetting level to be achieved.
The rally will see Carbon Positive Motorsport brand ambassadors Osian Price, Garry Pearson and Matthew Jackson competing.
Matt, who is entered with co-driver Sasha Heriot, told us: "We’re really looking forward to the Nicky Grist Stages. It’s been a bit of a gap since the last class win at the Plains Rally so we’re raring to go. It’s set to be a tough weekend, the stages look absolutely fantastic, very fast and flowing and as always with the Nicky Grist Stages, a warm one! We face a very strong battle for the class this time with a number of the newer generation cars, but we love a challenge!
"I think it’s great so many people have signed up to offset their carbon for this event. We all need to do our bit to make our sport greener, so the fact people are listening and signing up only goes to show the great work the team are doing. Even better, the event is endorsing and really pushing the message, it makes the whole process very simple and effective."
Since its launch the Carbon Positive Motorsport initiative has generated large interest in the sport - as 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.
By only using the highest possible quality of 100% UK based carbon offsetting projects which generate carbon reduction in the future through rewilding, we also offer greater environmental benefits such as the restoration of ancient woodlands and the reintroduction of native species of trees and animals to improve biodiversity, which will result in greater positive environmental impact than by offsetting alone.
To further reduce the event's environmental impact, Carbon Positive Motorsport are also offering all Nicky Grist Stages competitors and spectators a 20% discount on their standard web shop prices from the 8th to the 10th of July, to encourage all travelling to the event to help bring a greater positive environmental impact.
Carbon Positive Motorsport director, Paul Glass said, "We're delighted that so many of the event competitors decided to support the rally's environmental ambitions, by not opting out of the scheme. Such levels of competitor support and commitment from the organisers will help the event to be sustainable in future years. I was talking with Nicky at last weekend’s McRae Rally Challenge for which we provided carbon offsetting, and as event sponsor he was delighted that such a level of support has been given to the rally that carries his name."
Carbon Positive Motorsport director, Steve Smith added, "It’s a fantastic level of support, which greatly increases the positive impact we can create through our new end-to-end offsetting package for the event. I will be attending the event to support the organisers, but also to take feedback from all competitors, to understand how we can further improve how we work with this model and events in the future. We want everyone to get involved from a voluntary basis, for the benefit of the sport – so feedback is very important to us in achieving that ambition’."
A special discount code (NG22S) 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.
It only costs a little to make a big difference for the sport, so whether you're a competitor or spectator, why not join with us to help make motorsport sustainable.
To become Carbon Positive yourself, visit our website www.carbonpositivemotorsport.com