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NASCAR aims for net-zero emissions by 2035, sustainable fuel development

NASCAR said Tuesday they’re aiming for net-zero operating emissions by 2035 and developing a sustainable fuel for the future.

The sanctioning body announced the zero-emissions goal upon launching the NASCAR IMPACT campaign Tuesday.

The sanctioning body also set “near-term” priorities such as:

  • 100% renewable electricity at NASCAR-owned tracks and facilities
  • Developing sustainable racing fuel
  • Expanded recycling efforts
  • On-site EV charging stations

NASCAR set the priorities after doing its first carbon footprint measurement study in 2022. The sanctioning body tracked the footprint of its operations and helped them set their near-term priorities.

NASCAR is aiming for net-zero emissions from its fossil fuel combustion and fuel usage. They also hope to achieve zero emissions from the electricity they generate and purchase.

NASCAR added Tuesday the 2023 Busch Light Clash was the motorsport’s first zero-waste event. They also said the motorsport is the first global sports property to join the Clean Energy Buyers Association.

The CEBA says its goal is to achieve a 90% carbon-free U.S. electricity system by 2030 and create a community of customers driving clean energy.

Among other companies involved with CEBA are NASCAR manufacturers General Motors and Toyota.

Other companies include sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Nextera Energy, energy producers Chevron and Shell and, among others, large corporations such as Amazon, Google, Meta, Starbucks, Walmart and Honda.

NASCAR will track all of its progress through a new NASCAR IMPACT Report, set to be released annually by the sanctioning body.

The sanctioning body also reaffirmed its commitment to community efforts, such as diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, STEM education and its national partnership with Boys and Girls Club of America

Furthermore, the NASCAR Foundation will host a 75-hour giveathon, May 16-19. The giveathon has a $750,000 goal for more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

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