Julia Pallé is a leading expert on sustainability in motorsport and the international elite sport industry. As Sustainability Director at the world’s first all-electric motor racing series, Formula E, Julia certified the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship net zero carbon since inception, the first sport in the world to achieve the standard. While developing and implementing the sustainability strategy at Formula E, Julia has overseen a number of significant achievements that establishes Formula E’s credentials as a leader of sustainability in elite sport. These include:
• Achieving third-party ISO 20121 certification in 2016 alongside the likes of London 2012 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the first motorsport series to be awarded the standard.
• Becoming the world’s first sport to join the Science Based Targets initiative and the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5°C commitment, Formula E will further reduce its emissions by 45% by 2030.
• Partnering with UNICEF’s Safe and Healthy Environment Fund to support three million children in climate resilience and create a sustainable, safe and clean environment.
• Advancing sustainability in, and through, sports as a founding member and signatory of UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework.
• Partnering with the UN Environment Programme on its #BeatAirPolution campaign.
• Phasing out single-use plastics from races saving the equivalent of over 300,000 330ml single-use plastic bottles from landfill. • Becoming the first motorsport to achieve a Three-Star Accreditation of the FIA Environmental Certification Framework.
• Ensuring all car parts are recycled at the end of life – Formula E is working with its partners to ensure 100% of tyres, batteries and broken chassis are recycled after use.
• Powering the racing cars by 100% green energy through a new sustainable fuel, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (essentially waste cooking oil), since Season 7.
Julia is also Sustainability Advisor for Extreme E, the all-electric SUVs series, bringing electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems. Widely recognised as a leader in sustainability in global sport, Julia is a regular speaker at major events and conferences including COP26, Bloomberg, Sport Positive Summit, and FIA Smart Cities. Her industry roles include President of Sports and Sustainability international (SandSI), an international association of sustainable experts working to broadening and harmonising the international sport and sustainability movement. Before joining Formula E and defining the sustainability strategy, Julia was sustainability executive at Michelin Motorsport. Her primary area of research has focused on Business & Sustainability, Change Management and Project Management especially in Motorsport.