SailGP – the sport’s pinnacle league featuring the world’s fastest sail racing – will set a new standard as the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, while delivering actions and innovations that advance the global adoption of clean energy.
The first climate positive sport and entertainment property
SailGP is the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, going beyond a net zero carbon footprint in all business and event operations. To be climate positive, SailGP will both drastically reduce its carbon output and invest in projects to eliminate more than the remaining emissions, ultimately creating an environmental benefit.
Three of SailGP’s primary activity areas – on the water, onshore and in cities – have been identified to reduce the league’s carbon footprint. In each area, SailGP is partnering with like-minded and innovative companies to fully transition to clean energy solutions.
In setting a new standard for clean event delivery, SailGP will track and verify its carbon emissions through a partnership with One Carbon World, a global resource partner of the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative. The remaining carbon that cannot be eliminated will be offset through One Carbon World and via the advancement of pioneering blue carbon projects, helping to maintain or restore critical carbon-sequestering shoreline ecosystems around the world. Blue carbon projects will be delivered through a partnership with Worldview International Foundation, starting with planting mangroves to contribute to the charity’s ambitious goal of planting a billion trees and mitigating 500 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
ON-WATER // Race and support boats powered by nature
SailGP is partnering with three key partners to reduce the carbon impact of its support boats with the goal of having a fully electric support boat fleet by 2025:
ePropulsion: Working in partnership with ePropulsion, a leading innovator of portable electric outboard boat motors, SailGP will transition 11 boats to ePropulsion motors for the start of Season 2.
Evoy: By partnering with Evoy, an innovative Norwegian company providing high-output electric propulsion systems for boats, SailGP seeks to find a solution for the electrification of the league’s high-speed chase boats. Through a ‘pilot partnership,’ an initial boat will be upgraded to test at the first European event in Season 2 and, if successful, a plan will be implemented to transition the remainder of the boats to electric engines.
Marlow Ropes: Serving as Official Rope Suppler through 2022, Marlow Ropes, producer of the most environmentally responsible ropes on the market, will supply SailGP with high-performing lines from its new eco-conscious ranges, including the bio-based Dyneema® fiber for use onboard the high-speed F50 foiling catamarans and Blue Ocean® dock lines made from 100 percent recycled waste from plastic bottles – a first in the industry – to aid docking logistics.
ONSHORE // Clean event delivery and business operations
Through two onshore partnerships, SailGP is shifting from technologies based on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable power by 2025, and ensuring a responsible and reduced carbon manufacturing process for the F50s:
Tesla: To meet the goal of the race boats being fully powered by nature, a new mobile off-grid solar solution was implemented in Season 1, working in partnership with Tesla and using a Tesla Powerwall system. SailGP will work to expand the initiative to power additional elements of its technical boat operations, including the electric outboard motors that will be used by the support boat fleet.
ELG: Looking at the circularity in the production of the race boats, a partnership with ELG – the world’s first carbon fiber recovery plant based in the UK – will allow waste carbon fiber from the F50s to be recycled and reintroduced into the manufacturing process for the evolution of the race boat in future seasons. This will be a vital step in addressing the issue of global carbon consumption and raising awareness of closed loop recycling within the marine industry and beyond.
IN CITIES // Leave a legacy where SailGP races
Each of the eight national teams competing in Season 2 will sign a Race for the Future charitable partner in their market, not only offering valuable commercial space on the boat to raise awareness for the charitable partners’ causes, but also to secure funding for their partner through race results. The teams will work with their partners on clean energy projects in the local market, while also introducing verified blue carbon initiatives.
Deliver actions and innovations that accelerate the global adoption of clean energy
SailGP will deliver actions and innovations that accelerate the global adoption of clean energy by investing in clean technology, serving as a collaborative innovation lab and inspiring action.
CLEAN TECH // Invest in clean energy technology
SailGP will invest in clean technology solutions through both its own research and design capabilities, and with the creation of a start-up investment fund. The aim will be to develop, test and bring to market new sustainable innovations that have broader applicability beyond the marine industry, as well as allow the league to reinvest in projects that nurture and protect the environment where SailGP races.
E1: The first project is with E1 – the electric powerboat series that was launched September 2020. SailGP is engineering and developing the initial race boat concept, which will allow the league to continue its push toward sustainable innovation and help drive forward the electrification of the marine industry.
INNOVATION LAB // Collaborate and facilitate advances in clean tech innovations
The global championship will serve as an innovation lab and bring together partners, stakeholders, thought leaders and change makers to collaborate and facilitate advances in clean tech innovations. SailGP events will become the ultimate showcase, and through demonstrations, forums and interactive sessions, bring together innovators to shape the future of clean technology and marine sustainability.
INSPIRE ACTION // Create the clean energy advocates of the future
From grassroots youth programs to consumer campaigns, SailGP will look to inspire action among its audiences, partners and fans. Using its global events, social, digital and broadcast platforms, SailGP will create clean energy advocates of the future. In addition, 10,000 young people will be educated about sustainability through SailGP Inspire in event host cities.