Croatia is aiming for a zero-carbon footprint

Saturday | 04/09/2022

The organizers of Rally Croatia (21-24 April) are stepping up their initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of their FIA World Rally Championship.

More than 350,000 fans will fill the Zagreb region for the country’s biggest sporting event in the last 30 years.

The organizers will work with the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar to calculate the direct and indirect harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the third round of the 2022 season. The research will be used to implement footprint reduction measures in future editions.

The WRC has made major efforts this season to reduce its environmental impact. The introduction of top-of-the-line Rally1 cars powered by hybrid powertrains and sustainable, fossil-free fuel mark the biggest visible sporting steps towards carbon neutrality by 2030.

President of the rally’s organizing committee, Daniel Šaškin, said that last year’s rally, Croatia’s first in the WRC, received an excellent rating for its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

Video: Trailer of the Rally Croatia

“This year we plan to apply for the highest level of the FIA’s environmental accreditation program to obtain the three stars, which we would be very proud of,” he explained.

“This involves adhering to the world’s highest criteria for reducing environmental impact and intensive educational interactions with audiences and other key stakeholders.

“We are aware of our responsibility to the communities where the WRC Croatia Rally takes place and for which we want to be a real partner, and this is one of the main reasons why we initiated cooperation with the experts from Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute . ”

The rally plans to work with communities on waste collection and encourages fans to use public transport to attend the event where possible and where this is not possible to use car sharing.

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