This week, Formula E race cars will weave their way through the streets of Morocco, a first not only for the city but for the entire continent. And that’s not the only reason all eyes will be on Marrakech: The 2016 FIA Formula E Marrakech ePrix will be the official sporting opening event of the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).
While the symbiosis might not be immediately apparent, the partnership between these two events actually makes perfect sense. One of the key objectives of the COP, the decision-making body of the Convention, is a global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a passion shared by Formula E, the international electric car racing series that we’re proud to sponsor.
COP22, which runs from November 7 to 18, will focus on what needs to be done to achieve the targets set in the Paris Agreement, a climate treaty that was unanimously adopted by 195 countries at COP21. The Agreement aims to limit rising global temperatures to a level 2 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels (from 1880-1899). COP22 will organize global stakeholders around the action items needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, specifically those related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.
This year at the annual conference, #ProjectIce, a short documentary produced by Formula E that raises awareness about the effects of global warming, will debut. The film notes that 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from cars alone. One possible solution? Electric vehicles, which can help reduce global emissions, especially if they’re charged on power grids that leverage renewable energies like solar and wind power. The documentary features Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi behind the wheel of a zero-emission Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car on an Arctic Ice Cap in Greenland.
#ProjectIce shows us that electric vehicles are a key component of a sustainable future, and Formula E is an excellent example of that. The past three seasons of Formula E are proof that EVs can not only thrive in major metropolitan cities, but can perform at the highest levels while at the same time supporting the environmental objectives of people, cities and governments around the world. And the international series is accelerating the EV ecosystem by acting as the testing ground for technologies like Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging that we hope will be found in future cars.
Qualcomm proudly supports sustainability through initiatives like Formula E, and we will continue to contribute to the international conversation on climate change and develop transformative technologies in support of a sustainable world.