The Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally will partner with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for all competitor and organiser event vehicles, as part of a long-term roadmap and commitment to mitigate the event's carbon footprint.
We 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.
The Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally joins several UK events this year who have chosen to take steps to mitigate their carbon footprint as part of their environmental plans, by using high-quality UK sourced and certified carbon offsetting projects. Carbon Positive Motorsport will provide carbon positive levels of offsetting for all the Grampian rally organisation vehicles and competitors as part of their entry. The event will benefit from a level of carbon offsetting that will provide 25% more carbon offsetting in the future than is generated through the average fuel use associated with participation on the event day.
Carbon Positive Motorsport was launched last year at the 2021 Grampian Rally and has since 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 our brand ambassadors and who support 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 a brand ambassador since its launch at the Grampian Rally last year.
The Carbon Positive Motorsport initiative has generated large interest within the sport since its launch. 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.
We only use the highest possible quality of 100% UK based carbon offsetting projects which generate carbon reduction in the future through rewilding. The greater environmental benefits such as restoration of ancient woodlands, and the reintroduction of native species of trees and animals to improve biodiversity, 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 Grampian Forest Rally 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. Local carbon offsetting projects based in the Highlands and Tayside, developed together with our offsetting partner, Highland Carbon, will be used to provide the rally's offsetting.
Additionally, the company is 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.
Scottish championship competitor and Carbon Positive Motorsport ambassador John Wink will be supporting the rally as one of the event sponsors.
Clerk of the Course Graham Provest said, "The Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally is proud to be minimising the event’s environmental impact by partnering with Carbon Positive Motorsport. We of course recognise the need to address the effect motorsport has on the environment, and thanks to their programme of UK-based offset projects, we can ensure that we can begin a fully targeted approach. By the very nature of the event, we of course rely on the forests in the region to be able to host the rally and ensuring we leave as little footprint behind us as possible is a vital step in securing the longevity of the rally and our sport.”
Carbon Positive Motorsport director, Paul Glass commented, "We are delighted to support the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally. The event celebrates one year since we launched and will be the second BRC event, and the first SRC event to benefit from a new package we are offering for rallies. We use our unique database of rally car fuel consumption, which has been developed 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 an end-to-end event carbon offsetting package, to create the easiest and most affordable way for an event to make the biggest positive carbon offsetting impact, and to help them 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 (GR22S) has been created to use on our web shop, which will be available for all competitors and spectators to help them 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.
For more information, or to become Carbon Positive yourself, visit carbonpositivemotorsport.com