Since the inception of the Canadian Motor Speedway development, we have instilled a relentless mandate for our engineers to ensure the design and operation of our facility will be Carbon Neutral. Jeff Gordon has been a champion in the industry to promote environmentally friendly initiatives and this is a fundamental component with respect to how he envisions CMS as the World’s First Carbon Neutral Speedway. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously as motor sports transitions into a greener future. How serious? CMS has actually created a consultancy division which will evaluate track operations around the World to advise on best practices and cost-effective technologies enabling older tracks to become certified as a Carbon Neutral Speedway.
What in the world does “Carbon Neutral” mean?
With many technologies using carbon based fuel to create energy in its different forms, the by-product released into the atmosphere is carbon dioxide. Excessive carbon dioxide allows sunlight and heat into the atmosphere, but doesn’t let it get out, causing the Earth to heat up. Pretty much every racing fuel associated with major racing platforms around the globe no longer use leaded fuel however there are smaller components of carbon that still need to be managed as with anything that deals with combustion, including your furnaces at home. This heating up concept is also caused by greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydro fluorocarbons (HFC) used in air conditioners and heating units, and perfluorocarbons (PFC) used in high voltage or medical equipment just to name a few.
CMS will achieve its carbon neutral status by offsetting the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from racing, through the utilization of renewable technology used for power, heating, cooling and leading edge waste management techniques that will create a greater amount of useful energy which does not produce any carbon dioxide. We like to think of it as being “Carbon Negative”. Our environmental enhancements on the site as well as best forestry practices will further promote the production of cleaner air for future generations. Carbon neutrality is not a simple tagline for us, it’s how we will race and operate our facility responsibly.
Canadian Motor Speedway is a proud member of the GREEN SPORTS ALLIANCE which leverages ‘the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play’.
They do this by ‘inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Green Sports Alliance members represent nearly 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries.’
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