“To be environmentally sympathetic, drive sustainable solutions and reduce our carbon footprint.”
That’s the mission of the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy. After nearly 3 years, this time next week fans from around the world will be arriving for the return of the ‘world’s greatest motorsporting event’ and they’ll be able to do so with the sound knowledge that we’ll be offsetting the carbon footprint of their journey.
REDUCING OUR IMPACT: THE TOTAL CARBON EMISSIONS OF THIS YEAR'S TT WILL BE OFFSET INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
The introduction of a carbon offsetting programme means that this year’s TT will be the first ever event to be completely carbon neutral. We will be working in partnership with Pozitive Group, a leading independent, technology-led supplier of electricity and gas, who have committed to funding the carbon offsetting programme that will cover the total emissions created by the TT including international visitor travel. We’ll be using internationally based programmes that will improve communities, sustain wildlife as well as the environments in which they inhabit.
Speaking of the partnership, Jaime Amoedo, Chief Financial Officer, Pozitive Group explains, “we’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Department for Enterprise and helping the Isle of Man TT Races become Carbon Neutral. The TT is a deeply integrated part of the Isle of Man’s heritage and as a business based on the Island we’re passionate about working with the department to build a sustainable future for the event.”
DATA LED: TOTAL CARBON IMPACT WILL BE ASSESSED USING TRAVEL DATA AND RACE REPORTS
ASSESSING THE IMPACT
Using data from 2019, we estimate the full carbon impact to be around 5000 tonnes. Although, the actual total emissions for 2022 will be calculated post-event using a scientific combination of quantitative data from verified sources. This will include official race reports to capture racing emissions, statistics from the 2022 TT Visitor Survey that will enable us to calculate impact of attendees, including travel data. Pozitive Group will also carry out a broader on-event assessment of any additional factors that may contribute to the final carbon emissions calculation. Once this information has been collated and analysed, we’ll be able to get a true reflection of the carbon impact of this year’s TT.
Driving sustainable solutions is a key strategic pillar for the TT and the introduction of a carbon offsetting programme is just one element in our overarching sustainability strategy. As part of our journey towards a more sustainable event, we’ve made a number of other small changes that will contribute towards reducing our carbon footprint.
PROGRAMME: MORE OF THE CONTENT YOU LOVE WITH LESS CARBON EMISSIONS
GET WITH THE PROGRAMME
The Official Isle of Man TT Races Programme is a fan favourite for anyone visiting or watching this year’s event. With a brand new look, this year’s programme gives more access to the content you love, with less impact on the environment. Now the programme and race guide is combined into one action packed book, which removes the need for any additional shrink wrapping.
But it’s not just about the packaging, it’s what’s on the inside that counts too. This year there’s been a conscious effort to change the production methods of the programme to ensure it’s more environmentally sustainable. Working with the printers, we’ve made sure the programme has been created using only the most ethically sourced paper stocks that have also been carbon balanced and certified by the World Land Trust. This is in addition to using only eco-friendly printing techniques such as vegetable based inks, which through sustainable farming the plants used reduce the amount CO2 in the air to help combat air pollution.
SWITCHING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES FOR REUSABLE ALUMINIUM
SWITCHING OUT SINGLE USE
Taking steps towards stopping the use of single-use plastics at the TT, this year we’ve banned the use the single-use plastic water bottles by all our caterers and hospitality suppliers. Instead, those that have opted to experience our legendary hospitality at this year’s TT will be provided with a reusable aluminium water bottle and access to filtered water stations provided by Isle of Man based business, AB Project.
There will also be water stations located throughout the paddock with reusable aluminium water bottles also available to buy and we’ll be encouraging visitors to make environmentally positive decisions where possible.
A race ahead of time: TT Zero takes a moratorium to allow for clean emission developments
AHEAD OF OUR TIME
Thanks to the early adoption of the TT Zero race, the TT has always been a leader in paving the way for the use of low emission vehicles in the motorcycle industry. Introduced in 2010, the TT Zero race premiered all-electric prototype and production machines on the TT Course, with significant milestone successes from both mainstream developers of motorcycles and University entrants.
Highlights included the first 100mph lap of the Mountain Course by a clean emissions motorcycle – Motoczysz - in 2012, the exceptional performances by the Japanese Mugen team raising the lap records over a number of years which now stands at over 121mph.
However in 2019, it was decided that the TT Zero would take a moratorium until after 2023 to allow for development of clean emission technology in the motorcycle industry, but we remain committed to working with the industry and manufacturers to promote the development of clean emission motorcycles.
ISLE OF MAN: THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO BE A UNESCO BIOSPHERE
JUST THE BEGINNING
The Isle of Man is probably most famous for the TT, but aside from the racing one of the many reasons fans find themselves coming back year on year is the natural beauty of the Island grabs there affections. Nowhere else in the world will you find an event so unique, offering visitors both adrenaline and escapism in the same trip, hence it’s important that we find new ways to protect the Island the TT so proudly calls home.
This is just the beginning of the sustainability journey for TT, we continue to look at more ways we can make environmentally conscious decisions that will reduce our carbon footprint.