Silverstone achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification

Silverstone has achieved certification to the environmental management system (EMS) standard ISO 14001, recognizing its sustainability commitment to reduce its carbon emissions, amongst other initiatives including action to enhance biodiversity conservation, reduce reliance on plastic and being powered by 100% green electricity.

The internationally recognized motorsport and leisure destination underwent rigorous independent assessment by BSI, the business improvement and standards company, which audited the implementation of the EMS throughout Silverstone’s operations. The audit assessed multiple aspects of the motor racing circuit’s measures including procurement, monitoring and measurement of utilities across the site, reviewing environmental goals and improvements, waste segregation areas, compliance with environmental legislation and the engagement of senior management. A review of emergency procedures and awareness of employees of their EMS responsibilities was also undertaken, demonstrating that staff at all levels were environmentally informed.

The certification demonstrates the steps Silverstone has taken to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), as well as its action with regards to biodiversity. Initiatives of note include the installation of 2,764 panels covering over 4,250 m2 on the roof of the Wing – the International Conference and Exhibition Centre situated in the F1 paddock which generates over 13% of the venue’s power, as well as smart building management system and LED lighting.

In June 2022, Silverstone announced its Shifting to Zero initiative, launching its Business Sustainability Strategy, committing to reducing their carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 and supporting F1 in their effort to be net zero by 2030 as well as zero single-use plastic and 100% of waste reused, recycled and composted by 2026.

Stuart Pringle, Managing Director, Silverstone said “I am delighted to be receiving Silverstone’s ISO 14001 certificate today as this is another significant step forward on our journey as we Shift to Zero. I am proud of the work the team have put in to achieve this accreditation and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to pioneer new and innovative ideas for a more sustainable future for our industry.”

Matt Page, Managing Director UK & Ireland, BSI Assurance said: "The sports sector has a powerful opportunity to progress efforts to tackle climate change by reducing its contribution to global emissions.

“Silverstone’s accomplishment to achieve certification to the EMS standard ISO 14001 demonstrates their commitment to not only reaching their own net-zero goals but to taking positive action for the planet. This achievement verifies their measures have met a clear and internationally recognized standard and showcases them as an industry leader. We congratulate Silverstone on this important step in their Shifting to Zero journey.”

According to The Rapid Transition Alliance, the sports industry is responsible for 0.8% of global emissions, comparable to the emissions of a medium sized country. Recognized around the globe, ISO 14001 helps organizations reduce their environmental impact while growing their business – ultimately achieving sustainable success. As an internationally accepted standard, it outlines the most effective ways to put a successful EMS in place. The standard was developed to help organisations build resilience by remaining commercially successful without overlooking their environmental responsibilities.