Hansen Motorsport achieves carbon neutral status for second consecutive year

Hansen Motorsport has performed an extensive and in-depth review of its carbon footprint for 2023, identifying further ways to reduce carbon emissions and inspiring change in the sport of rallycross and beyond.

The Sweden-based team has released a Sustainability Report for 2023, sharing its methods and findings with promotors, partners, and fans alike as the sport further unites for positive action against climate change.

2022 saw Hansen Motorsport become the first rallycross team to reach carbon neutral status, the same year in which the FIA World Rallycross Championship switched to all-electric cars. Last year, the Swedish outfit made further progress in its pursuit of net-zero emissions by 2030.

In 2023, the team’s carbon footprint measured in at 464.8 TCO2e, representing a 14.8% reduction compared to its emissions in 2019. As well as refining the way in which data was collected and reviewed, the rallycross outfit also put in place the framework needed to field a fully electric line-up across all its racing categories for the first time.

Alongside reducing its own impact on the environment, Hansen Motorsport also supported external initiatives. Adopting turtles in Cape Town to support the conservation work of Two Oceans Aquarium represented the team’s first race located contribution, and the start of its plans to further connect rallycross racing to environmental efforts.

While still on the road to net-zero, Hansen Motorsport is offsetting the remainder of its carbon emissions by supporting the ‘Xinjiang Dabancheng Wind Farm Phase I Project’ in China with partner ALLCOT. The project includes the installation of 33 wind turbines, not only providing renewable energy but also employment opportunities for the local population and contributing to economic growth in the region.

In addition to being signatories to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and Race to Zero, Hansen Motorsport also achieved FIA 3-Star Sustainability Accreditation in 2023, alongside being ISO 14001:2015 (International Organisation for Standardisation) certified.

Alongside these initiatives, Hansen Motorsport uses the UN Global Goals as a guideline. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address everything from health and wellbeing, to equality and sustainability, offer an important framework to be followed.

Always in pursuit of innovative, sustainable solutions, Hansen Motorsport also became a part of Hydrogen Sweden, exploring the possibilities of hydrogen and collaborating with other stakeholders in the industry towards a greener future.

Up next for the team is the use of sustainable fuels for all long-distance transportation, and while Hansen Motorsport Headquarters already runs on 100% renewable electricity, plans are in place for the installation of solar panels as part of an ever-increasing offsetting strategy.

Susann Hansen, Head of Sustainability at Hansen Motorsport, said: “The never-ending drive to find areas for improvement continued in 2023.

“At the same time, we also go into 2024 with a strong and positive attitude. We can feel that more stakeholders in the sport have also begun to act for sustainability. Not only does it make reaching our goals easier, but it also helps to accelerate the environmentally friendly revolution we need as a society.

“Taking a broader view on where we as a team can make an even bigger impact is crucial to our next steps. The power of sports is both taking our responsibility as a team and making use of our platform to reach people with information and motivations to live more in line with nature.”