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    by lmercier on 2023년 06월 07일

    Members newsThe "Sustainable Mobility Seminar" gathered Mobility Members from Latin America and highlighted possible measures to be adopted to reduce the impact on climate change and carbon footprint of transportation today, both taking into consideration individual cars or motorcycles and public transportation. The consultant, Jaime Ruiz, from Cities Forum,  guided the seminar by explaining general concepts and presented evidence-based measures, leading public policies, and international agreements that could mitigate climate change.Throughout the three days of the seminar, topics such as management of vehicle fleets and carbon footprint to reduce energy consumption and to generate economic savings were discussed. In addition, sustainable mobility was also analysed through the prism of the international and regional context and of the UN 2030 Agenda. Some case studies with promising results were shared and discussions touched upon the business models that the Clubs can develop and promote both with governments and the private sector to highlight opportunities offered by sustainable mobility and investments in the decarbonisation of transport.The seminar was a great opportunity to foster collaboration between Clubs, rethink mobility, and plan next steps by exploring new options that can be adopted by each country to continue modernising the services of FIA ​​Region IV in a more responsible way with the environment. MobilityMembersClubsSustainabilityEnvironmentMembers1MembersMobilityMembersClubsSustainabilityEnvironment00Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 7:59pmWednesday, June 7, 2023 - 7:59pm

    by lmercier on 2023년 06월 07일

    Mobility newsBIHAMK’s strong Environmental Management System Implementation Plan, Environmental Policy, and clearly defined Environmental Objectives will play a key role in advancing some of the Club’s major environmental initiatives. These initiatives aim to establish BIHAMK as a main neutral promoter of e-mobility and sustainable mobility in Bosnia and Herzegovina through:the introduction of an ECO roadside assistance car park as a part of ISO 9001:2015 certified BIHAMK’s motorists-related services;continuous promotion of environmental awareness through its digital membership magazine and social media channels; staff education to further active involvement in the implementation of Environmental Management System. Upon receiving the 2-star accreditation, BIHAMK Secretary General and CEO Rasim Kadić said “As a socially responsible organisation and a country’s leader in providing mobility related services, BIHAMK fully understands the importance of systematic approach in tackling the challenges of the global climate crisis. Our Club takes a great pride in its impressive environmental commitment confirmed in the certification process and is determined to continue its growth in this area, supported by the FIA.”MembersClubsSustainabilityMobility1MobilityMembersClubsSustainability00Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 1:25pmTuesday, June 6, 2023 - 1:25pm

    by lmercier on 2023년 06월 06일

    Mobility newsHeld this year from 23-26 May in Leipzig, Germany, the Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event. FIA Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism Tim Shearman was invited to take part in a panel discussion on “How to capture accessibility benefits in transport planning”, along with Ann Frye, Director of Ann Frye Ltd, Heather Thompson, CEO of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and Daniel Eui-Seok Kim, CEO of Autocrypt.Tim Shearman started by highlighting the fact that the FIA and its network of Members representing over 80 million road users and their families are committed to being the global voice promoting ‘Mobility for all’. “We have automobile in our name but we know our Members don’t just use the automobile. They ride their bikes, they take rapid transit, they walk, we need to have safe, secure mobility for all those people. We want to ensure that no one is left behind, whether they be young, elderly or disabled. We want all our Members and all the populations to have access to safe, affordable transportation and mobility.”He explained that we should look at the big picture when talking about accessibility as it encompasses many dimensions. Increasing access relies on putting into place measures and standards to make transport adapted to the needs of all disabled users but it also requires offering more choice, social inclusion and higher convenience for all vulnerable user groups – whether these are defined by a physical or mental disability, a social criterion or a geographical area.At the heart of this challenge is the notion of affordability. “Cost of course is probably one of the primary concerns about getting people equal access to mobility,” said Shearman. He then mentioned several projects led by FIA Members that are looking at accessibility and the cost associated with it. As a concrete example, the Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya (RACC) has developed CityTrips, a Mobility as a Service application gathering all mobility and related value‑added services to help users quickly find the most cost-effective available transport solution. Other Clubs are also investigating new mobility solutions. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond (ANWB) working with PostNL has been testing hundreds of drone flights as part of its Medical Drone Service with the aim to help improve access to medical services and contribute to reducing costs. Shearman also explained that his Club, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) just carried out the largest-ever survey of Canadian Electric vehicles’ drivers. Conducted with the support of the FIA Mobility Sustainable Programme funded by the FIA Foundation, the survey offers unprecedented insights on the EVs users’ needs that were widely publicised to advocate for better policies and help the government make evidence-based decisions.Consultation is necessary to understand the needs of all mobility users and Shearman highlighted how better representation and diversity in decision-making bodies both in the public and private sectors can help adopt improved and adapted solutions. To ensure it takes into account all its Members, Shearman explained that the FIA Mobility pillar is organised around four regions: “We have outreach to each of those four regions. So at least we get a bit more granularity in the information we get. And of course, within those regions, we have multiple Clubs,” he said. He underlined that the FIA, because it brings together such a strong network of national Members, plays an important role in ensuring the voice of the users is heard to drive positive change. Tim Shearman explained that improving decision-making, affordability and accessibility also requires more data. Having access to accurate data in real time and in an appropriate format, is key for users in general, and more particularly users with special needs, to better prepare and have a safer and smoother journey. As an example of a useful tool relying on data, he mentioned the FIA Disabled Motoring Website launched in collaboration with the International Transport Forum and FIA Members that aims to give access to information on facilities and options for people with disabilities travelling by car in different countries around the world.A change of mindset is needed to improve infrastructure to enable safer multimodality and increased data collection. “We need to convince the decision-makers that these are investments that we are making, they are not costs. I mean, if you have a more safe and affordable transportation network for all users, it's going to make everything better. (…) If you think more long-term and invest in mobility, I think you will find the long-term cost will be lower because it will be more efficient, safer, more accessible,” Tim Shearman said.Another important element of the discussion was the link between accessibility and sustainability. Shearman explained that increased access is essential to make mobility more sustainable.  Once again, he insisted on the fact that there is no-one-size-fits-all solution. “We have been focusing on things like EVs and modern forms of transportation but that’s not the whole world,” he declared. While smart mobility solutions have enormous potential, their availability is limited in many parts of the world, and their standards may vary. It is crucial to seek cost-effective solutions that don’t restrain freedom of choice.Tim Shearman also underlined that the difference of standards and the exportation of poor quality used vehicles to low-and-middle-income countries should be taken into consideration in our efforts to make the global vehicle fleet cleaner. A reality he has witnessed when visiting the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V. (ADAC) Test and Technical centre in Germany where the same models of cars destined to countries outside the EU didn’t get the same results in the pollution control testings as the one sold in the EU. He called for more action to be taken to improve regulations as an immediate solution to tackle pollution.Watch Tim Shearman’s interview at the ITF: Video of Tim Shearman on FIA's global reach for accessibility, sustainability and safety Watch the full session: Video of How to capture accessibility benefits in transport planning   SustainabilityRoad SafetyMembersMobility1MobilitySustainabilityRoad SafetyMembers00Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 4:25pmFriday, June 2, 2023 - 4:25pm

  • Reducing Climate Impact: RACC Achieves 3-star FIA Environmental Accreditation
    by lmercier on 2023년 06월 06일

    Mobility newsThe 3-star FIA Environmental Accreditation adds to the two milestones already reached by RACC in recent years in the field of sustainability management: the ISO 14001 Certification obtained in 2017, and the Environmental Quality Guarantee Distinction awarded by the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) in July 2022 for its fleet of roadside assistance vehicles. In order to receive the FIA’s top-level accreditation, the RACC has focused its efforts on implementing initiatives aimed at making its activities increasingly sustainable.This process began in 2016 with the calculation of the carbon footprint of the roadside assistance fleet and the environmental diagnosis of the RACC Group.At the same time, since 2016, the Club has been progressively renewing its fleet with electric or hybrid vehicles, as well as reducing fuel consumption. Since 2020, RACC has also been promoting constant training of mechanics in efficient driving and continuous monitoring of the consumption of the entire fleet.The RACC's commitment to sustainability has led the Club to carry out both internal and external audits during the period from 2017-2023, achieving ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification in 2017. At the same time, the RACC has worked to raise the environmental sensitivity of all its employees through various awareness-raising actions.Another initiative that has contributed to reaching 3-star accreditation was the incorporation of proprietary fleet geopositioning technology to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2021, while increasingly incorporating predictive artificial intelligence systems that help to improve assistance efficiency.The RACC is also regularly designing plans to reduce energy and water consumption and minimise environmental impact. Among other initiatives, RACC’s supplier approval plan includes environmental guidelines that partners must meet in order to supply products to the Club.Upon receiving the accreditation, RACC General Manager Xavier Pérez said: “As part of its commitment to sustainability, the RACC has focused its efforts constantly and transversally on reducing the impact of its activity. Achieving the highest environmental accreditation from the FIA, a benchmark in our sector, is the best recognition of this journey. At the same time, it is an incentive to continue working along the same lines based on the excellence and quality of service that characterises us". About the RACCThe RACC offers its high-quality services to more than 800,000 members in order to meet their needs. Its main areas of activity are mechanical, personal, medical and emergency assistance, as well as home maintenance; insurance and driver training, with the most important network of driving schools in Spain. It is also present in the car maintenance and home repair sector.The RACC, which has gone from being a motorists' club to a Mobility Services Club, helps people when they move around, on foot, by bicycle, on scooter, on public transport, in a car or on a motorbike, offering them a wide range of products adapted to new ways of travellingAs an organisation at the service of society, the RACC promotes a new culture of mobility that is safer, environmentally friendly, affordable and competitive. In this sense, it is committed to defending the rights of users and works in the field of research to provide knowledge based on analysis, rigour and the international vision that arises from its presence in organisations worldwide. In the world of motorsport, the Club supports young riders and drivers by promoting their racing skills and the human values of sport. It enjoys international prestige as a rigorous organiser of events counting towards the Formula 1, Moto GP, Rallycross and Rallycross World ChampionshipsMembersClubsSustainabilityEnvironmentMobility1MobilityMembersClubsSustainabilityEnvironment00Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 3:43pmTuesday, June 6, 2023 - 3:43pm

  • Wherrell takes over in the lead of the IKR
    by aterzian on 2023년 06월 06일

    Sport newsCreated and managed by the FIA, the IKR is a computerised ranking system for all drivers taking part in a karting competition entered on the FIA Karting international calendar, the results of which produce an overall driver ranking. Importantly, the calculation formula takes into account various parameters, including the number of entrants, naturally awarding more points when the field is larger in the category. This classification, which is intended to be universal, includes all categories approved or recognised by the FIA Karting.More than 950 drivers are currently ranked after 22 events in 14 categories. The eight best results for each driver are included in the weekly update of the IKR. The worst results are counted down in real time.The third round of the Champions of the Future Euro Series took place last weekend, from 1st to 3rd June 2023 in Denmark on the new Rødby circuit. The evolution of the positions in the IKR deserves a quick analysis.Following his success in the OK-Junior class, British driver Lewis Wherrell took 1st place in the IKR for all categories combined. Wherrell moved up nine places in one go, ahead of Belgium's Thibaut Ramaekers, who also scored two important results in the X30 Junior class. Turkey's Iskender Zulfikari, competing in the Mini category, is in 3rd place.Stepan Andropov moved up eleven places to 4th ahead of Oleksandr Bondarev (UKR), the provisional leader of the FIA Karting European Championship - Junior who lost two positions after this weekend.Despite not adding any results last month, Cristian Bertuca (ITA) remains the leading KZ2 driver in 6th place. Thanks to his victory in OK at Rødby, Gabriel Gomez (BRA) moved up 14 places to 13th in the overall standings with his seven results counted. Behind him, Alex Powell (JAM), who competes in both OK and KZ2, moved up twelve places this weekend. Further down the order, Enzo Tarnvanichkul, the 2022 FIA Karting World Junior Champion from Thailand, jumped 26 places to 56th position. Kirill Kutskov, who, like all his Russian compatriots, was unable to compete in the Czech Republic for political reasons, moved up 42 places in the overall standings.OK-Junior rankingIt's worth comparing the positions of the OK-Junior drivers in the IKR with those in the FIA Karting European Championship. The leading trio in the European competition is led by Oleksandr Bondarev (UKR) ahead of Thibaut Ramaekers (BEL) and Lewis Wherrell (GBR). The IKR puts Wherrell in 1st place ahead of Stepan Antonov, then Bondarev 3rd and Ramaekers 4th. Vivek Kanthan's (USA) excellent results at Rødby have moved him up 13 places.Gomez dominates in OKLeader in the provisional standings of the FIA Karting European Championship - OK, Brazilian Gabriel Gomez took command of the category in the IKR with a three-place improvement on Rene Lammers (NLD), who has one more result to his name. Alex Powell (JAM) moved up five places to 9th with just five results to his name. Australian Xavier Avramides moved up 16 places to 49th in OK, despite recording two results.A look at the other categoriesMateja Radenkovic (BEL) leads the Rotax Max Junior class ahead of Archie Clark (GBR) and Timo Jungling (GBR). In Rotax Max, Mark Kimber (GBR) is in the lead ahead of Sean Butcher (GBR) and Lachlan Robinson (ARE).Rocco Coronel (NLD) is ahead of Tiziano Kuzhnini (CHE) and Riccardo Ferrari (ITA) in the X30 Junior class, while Danny Carenini (ITA) dominated the X30 Senior category ahead of Andy Ratel (FRA) and Elie Goldstein (BEL). FIA Karting International CompetitionsFIA KartingSEASON 2023SportCircuit1SportFIA Karting International CompetitionsCircuitSEASON 2023FIA Karting00Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 3:28pmTuesday, June 6, 2023 - 3:28pm

  • FIA Insights: How the FIA is helping to tackle plastic pollution from tyres through research and regulation
    by lmercier on 2023년 06월 05일

    Sport newsThe Road to Plastic PollutionThe contribution to plastic pollution made by tyres begins at the design and production phase, through the use of various synthetic fibres such as synthetic rubber, carbon black, and other polymers. Later, during the use phase, degradation and general wear and tear result in the generation of micro-particles that are released into the air, soil and water. Finally, if tyres are not collected and recycled correctly (e.g. landfilled), decomposition can take thousands of years and can greatly damage the surrounding environment. And the scale of the problem is enormous. According to the Tire Industry Project (TIP) – a group consisting of the world’s 10 leading tyre companies – each year approximately 1 billion tyres reach the end of their life annually.2 Additionally, figures released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, featuring more than 1,400 Member organisation – show that an average tyre leaves as much as 4 kg of these particles during its lifetime, amounting to the total of 6.1 million tonnes, comparable with volume of all waste generated by Croatia in 2020 (Eurostat).3According to an IUCN study, microplastics from tyres are a major contributor to ocean pollution, with between 15 and 31% of the estimated 9.5 m tonnes of plastic released into the oceans each year that could be primary microplastics, almost two-thirds of which coming from the washing of synthetic textiles and the abrasion of tyres while driving.4 To compound the impact, in 2020 the World Economic Forum reported that according to research conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the University of Vienna and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, about 140,000 tonnes of road microplastics could be transported by the wind into the oceans each year and about 48,000 tonnes might be reaching ice- and snow-covered regions such as the Arctic, contributing to rising sea levels.5 Moreover, as other research discovered, run-off collected from roads getting into rivers could also kill fish species.6Creating a Circular EconomyOverall, the FIA and its stakeholders are well aware that the issue of tyre-related microplastics is becoming increasingly important and requires action. “The FIA has always been committed to promoting sustainable mobility and motor sport and in this regard the FIA has implemented a sustainable energies roadmap with objectives tailored to each championship,” says Xavier Mestelan Pinon, FIA Technical Director, Technical Operations and R&D. “We have a 360-degree approach to this and beyond powertrain solutions we therefore address also subjects such as logistics, the use of materials in general – especially carbon – as well as emissions managed by the production of components and their use. Tyres naturally fall within this sphere, and we are committed to finding innovative solutions and to reducing the environmental impact of tyres while maintaining the performance essential for racing.”To ensure this, the FIA is taking action through the development of new regulations, by partnering with research centres, and through the selection of tyre suppliers for championships that meet the Federation’s exacting sustainability targets. Ultimately, the goal is to bring sustainable innovative solutions to the issues and together with manufacturers and key stakeholders become a forerunner in establishing a circular economy of tyres. Getting a Grip on Materials and Impact In 2023, bio-sourced and recycled materials constitute up to 45% of a range of tyres used in the top Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. However, the Federation intends to increase the amount across its championships in the coming years, targeting an eventual ratio of more than 90% sustainable components, closing the material loop. In the use phase, the FIA is decreasing the number of compounds (soft, medium, hard) and types of tyres (slick, intermediate, wet) available for competitions in order to reduce logistical requirements and thus reduce environmental impact. As such, specific sporting rules have been enforced in a variety of championships. “We have introduced a number of changes to championships aimed at reducing impact, such as bring in a minimum amount of groove and control of tyre wear in Rally and Rallycross,” explains FIA Head of Performance Nicolas Aubourg. “Intermediate tyres are no longer allowed in Hypercar and in the future LMGT3 class the number of slick compounds will be limited to one spec per circuit. All FIA World Championships have seen a significant reduction in the number of tyres used in races,” he adds. In the short-term, the amount of available tyre specifications in the Hypercar class will be reduced to one single specification per circuit, and two for Le Mans. The maximum number of tyres has been limited in the top-class category (LMP1, Hypercar) since 2015. Elsewhere, the FIA ABB Formula E World Championship mandates just two sets of tyres per single-header event. Reducing the number of tyres brings multiple advantages. Not only is it beneficial from economic and logistics point of view, but it also reducing environmental impact.Lowering the environmental impact of tyres is not restricted to reducing the number of tyres used across events, it’s also about what happens to those tyres following the event. Starting in 2022, with the support of the FIA, racing compounds supplied to the FIA European Truck Racing Championship by Goodyear are retreaded by the company into standard on-road products that can be used by transportation fleets.In many championships, the FIA also recommends minimum rolling resistance in order to save energy of the vehicle and promote track to road technologiesWith regards to tyre warming during competition, this practice is gradually being eliminated from all FIA Championships, while tyre manufacturers, teams and drivers develop better understanding of how to bring cold tyres up to temperature and adapt to changes in performance. The FIA Formula One World Championship and WEC were the two last FIA World Championships in which tyre warming was still allowed. WEC has banned it in 2023 (with exception of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for 2023 only). Formula 1 is currently testing and evaluating slick tyres to run without tyre heating devices, and if successful will introduce this specification of tyre for the 2024 season. A new extreme wet tyre to run without warmers has just been introduced from the Monaco Grand Prix this season, and the intermediate tyre has just completed successful test evaluation for the 2024 season.Finally, the FIA carefully controls end-of-life management of tyres. Almost all non-confidential (commercial) tyres and 100% of confidential, non-commercial competition tyres used in FIA World Championships are returned to the manufacturer post-race. In addition, through single supplier selection, the FIA values manufacturers who ensure sustainable end-of-life management, in particular material recycling.  Built-in SustainabilityLooking to the future, the FIA builds increased sustainability measures into all its tenders for tyre supply to its championships. At the top levels of single-seater racing, the latest tyre tender for the FIA Formula One World Championship, FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships, covering the period from 2025-2027, prioritises sustainable supply via a number of key requirements. The successful provider will be responsible for the cost of independent monitoring of the particulate emissions as well as the cost of carrying out a life cycle assessment (LCA), for tyres supplied in the championships. Sustainability goals within the tender fall into four categories: sustainability within the providing organisation, including certification; social responsibility, ensuring the ethical delivery of its products; environmental and carbon footprint, including emissions reduction, prevention of pollution and traceability of supply chain; and finally the creation of a circular economy in design, use and end-of-life for tyres supplied. The search for better solutions also never ends. In addition to established practices, the FIA is currently exploring technology solutions to collect tyre and brake particles during use phase. If successful such systems would significantly limit pollution from tyres used in motor sport and could potentially be replicated in mobility systems on a larger scale.Through innovative solutions designed to encourage the development of a circular economy around tyre use the FIA is committed to improved environmental performance in motor sport and beyond.  1,of%20microplastics%20in%20the%20oceanFIASustainabilityEnvironmentSport1SportFIASustainabilityEnvironment00Monday, June 5, 2023 - 5:19pmMonday, June 5, 2023 - 5:19pm

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