The Formula E electric car-racing series has joined forces with the French and Moroccan governments to launch the Electric Sports Coalition (ESC).
The initiative has been formed following the weekend’s Marrakech ePrix, the championship’s inaugural race in the North African country. With the objective to raise awareness of all matters related to electricity mobility and to promote the growth of electric sports, the coalition intends to play a key role in the phasing out of fossil fuels.
A host of key signatories have already pledged their support to the ESC. These include: Formula E, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Roborace, Paris Electric, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Solar Impulse and AMEE.
The ESC will meet annually, where members will report on the progress and commitments they made towards C02 emission reductions and electric mobility developments. In addition, a road map will be created so that tangible progress in both these areas can be demonstrated.
Independent monitoring and measuring will be carried out to validate these claims and the ESC hopes to not only improve air quality and reduce C02 emissions, but to create jobs within the green economy.
Formula E said the support of the French and Moroccan governments is integral to the success of the ESC, which hopes to bring other countries and sports leagues into the fold to increase awareness and expand e-mobility.
Alejandro Agag, chief executive of Formula E, said: “The time for the world to act on fighting global warming is now. As part of the sporting community, Formula E – with the help and expertise of our partners – can play a key role in not only demonstrating that sport and entertainment can be run in a sustainable way, but that acting in this way can still be exciting and passionate.
“Through the creation of the ESC, we have brought together a group of sports with the same beliefs. Together we can help amplify this message and inspire more sports, and sports fans to embrace the potential of sustainable technology.”