After having reviewed the seven high-level entries, the independent Jury for the FIM Environmental Award decided to reward the ‘Circuits de Catalunya’ (ESP) for the impressive work they have been doing for a number of years to promote sustainability, including the following features:
The 2012 FIM Environmental Award was presented during the FIM Gala Ceremony held in Monaco on 2 December.
A special mention was also given by the Jury to AMD Orehova Vas (SLO) for their continuous efforts to raise environmental awareness amongst riders and spectators during their Motocross events and to share easy and accessible environmental tips.
The independent Jury for the FIM Environmental Award is composed of: Mr Andrzej Witkowski, FIM Awards & Recognition Committee representative; Ms Kattia Hernandez, FIM International Environment Commission Director; Ms Jill Savery, Olympic Gold medallist and environmental consultant; Mr Even Wiger, Director of Sustainability at the FIA Foundation; Mr Nils Ryrholm, Professor at Gävle University in Sweden in the Dept. of Electronics, Mathematics & Natural Sciences.
About the Circuits de Catalunya
The ‘Circuits de Catalunya’, which was inaugurated on 10 September 1991, is already an international benchmark thanks to its capacity for innovation and its management model. The management’s efforts are focused on becoming a powerful economic engine for the area and exporting the brand and its values around the world. The Circuit is working to share the passion for this sport with thousands of new fans and at the same time to promote a commitment to respect the environment. The ‘Circuits de Catalunya’ obtained ISO 14001 certification in 2008.
The circuit hosted its first race five days after the inauguration. Nowadays the management focuses its sustainable actions on the organisation of sustainable activities in order to promote environmental awareness. These include “electric routes”, the Eco series (first European championship on permanent racetracks based on ecodriving, energy efficiency and alternative energies), E-days (conferences and workshops with the aim of consolidating the future of electric vehicles), eco point (sustainable management), the B circuit (opening the doors for bicycle fans), and promotion of public transportation, amongst others.
FIM Gala Ceremony photo caption: 'Circuits de Catalunya' President, Mr Vicenç Aguilera, receiving the FIM Environmental Award from FIM Environmental Ambassadors Laia Sanz, Marc Márquez, Fujinami Takahisa and Randy De Puniet.