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McLaren becomes the first carbon-neutral F1 team 9th December, 2011  

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes have become the first Formula One racing team to become carbon neutral, following a three year audit by the company.

Despite F1 being an industry which creates a considerable amount of CO2, the team at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes have been working on reducing their emissions in recent years. The company was placed at 92nd in the recently published Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Performance League Table, as not only the highest placed F1 team in the table but also the highest placed car manufacturer. McLaren also received the Carbon Trust Standard in December 2010.

Carbon efficiency was improved by 8.6% by introducing new practices and installing state-of-the-art equipment, and to become carbon neutral McLaren also invested in carbon-offsetting schemes in India and Brazil.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: Its a considerable achievement: the result of a lot of hard work by a number of extremely dedicated individuals within our organisation, and a testament to our philosophy of continuous improvement within the workplace.

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