The Sauber team has been awarded global recognition for the sustainable energy practices it has adopted to reduce its carbon footprint. The Swiss team was awarded an ISO 14001 certification, the highest accolade possible for environmental management systems.
The team was presented with its certification at its Hinwil headquarters, having undergone a substantial shift in focus on the management of the impact its operation has on the environment.
The process started top-down: all management and staff were involved in the process and provided with training and support to reduce their overall energy consumption and examine alternative ways to reduce waste and power consumption.
“At the end of 2010 we adopted, for the first time, a systematic approach to environmental protection by drawing up an environment policy,” Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn (pictured, with Peter Bienz, Swiss TS’ environmental auditor) explains.
“It is clear to see that the burden on our environment has become a key challenge for our society. By implementing our environment policy we are aiming to face up to this challenge and fulfil our ecological responsibility.”
The team will not rest on its environmental laurels – later this year it will commence work on a ‘solar park’ to be able to harvest and generate solar energy to power its factory. At least half of the team’s current power consumption is already derived from renewable resources, particularly hydroelectric power.