MotoGP helps promote World Environment Day

Thursday, 5 June 2008

The FIM was one of the first international sporting federations to sign an agreement with the United Nations Environmental Programme, and MotoGP is helping to support its activities on World Environment Day.

Having joined the United Nations Environmental Programme at the end of 2006, the FIM has increased its celebrations in acknowledgement of World Environment Day across the globe over the past week during FIM World Championship events – in order to underline the importance of protecting the environment.

This weekend, the Gran Premio Cinzano de Catalunya, the seventh round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, will be the most ecologically sound MotoGP event to date.

Organised by Dorna and the FIM, a visit to a plastic material recycling place took place on Thursday with 125cc and 250cc riders. Another celebration will take place on Friday at the Catalunya circuit with MotoGP riders taking part in the recycling of various items, a service available to all members of the public who attend the race weekend.

The Circuit de Catalunya was recently awarded the ISO14001:2004 for Environmental Management Standards. This entails having on site over 300 yellow recycling recipients (for plastic, cans and other packaging), and nine further blue containers for card and paper in relevant areas such as the press room. Furthermore the racetrack is completely accessible by local public transport systems during the weekend (train and bus). It is expected that during this first year of implementation, the circuit will generate up to 100 tons worth of recyclable material.

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