According to the Environmental Certification Framework, the Automóvel Club de Portugal, while organizer of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal obtained in 2017 the accreditation Achievement of Excellence by the FIA.
It is the organisation’s goal to proceed with the improvement work and minimize the environmental impact of the event, continuing the implementation of the necessary measures which have resulted in this level accreditation. As one of the WRC events hosting a great number of spectators, the Vodafone Rally de Portugal expects to be an example in terms of environmental issues, both nationally and internationally.
In this scope, the ACP established a partnership with the Ministry of Environment, through the Portuguese Environment Agency, to minimize the environmental impact caused by the event.
Therefore, the Vodafone Rally de Portugal will consciously make every effort to ensure that the environmental impact is minimised, putting into practise the following actions:
a) Comply with relevant environmental laws and regulations, and other environmental requirements as well as the FIA Institute Environmental Certification Framework;
b) Inform and train all involved in the organisation with its environmental policy;
c) Promote the environmental awareness within the different agents (organisation, drivers, teams and spectators);
d) Cooperate with environmental agents;
e) Take into account the environmental work and impact, by choosing environmental responsible partners and suppliers, as well as selecting products and services using adequate environmental performance;
f) Reduce the environmental impact in terms of transportation, as far as possible, encouraging Car Pooling and Car Sharing, as well as the use of public transportation;
g) Prefer the use renewable energy sources whenever possible;
h) Continue the implementation of measures to promote a selective waste collection and propose an adequate final disposal of waste produced during the event;
i) Evaluate and improve our environmental responsibilities based on structured and planned work;
j) Involve all the local authorities;
Reduce the number of documents printed on paper, favouring the use and consultation of documents in digital formats.
Other ways to help the environment:
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to "conventional" waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution and water pollution. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" waste hierarchy.
Car Pooling is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car, and prevents the need for others to have to drive to a location themselves.
Portuguese Environment Agency (Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, or APA)
Sociedado Ponto Verde
Links and other relevant information
FIA Action for Environment
FIA Sustainability Programme