Former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres to co-lead Formula E’s advisory board
Formula E announced that its new Global Advisory board will be co-led by UN climate champion Christiana Figueres- one of the key figures who secured the landmark Paris Agreement.
Christiana Figueres, best known for her work as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will join Alain Prost, the four-time Formula 1 world champion in leading the new Global Advisory board aiming to consult on topics including sustainability, media and business.
She said: “In order to meet the objectives set out by the Paris Agreement and prevent global temperatures spiralling out of control, we must have a need for speed and react quickly”.
“This unique forum at Formula E will allow us to bring great minds together with the same common goal, speeding-up the transition and use of electric vehicles in everyday life”.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E commented on the announcement by underlying the role of Formula E to perpetuate the climate action momentum.
He said: “Formula E is more than just a race, it’s a platform to inspire change - a change in perception, a change in attitude and behaviour, and a change in the way we live our lives and actively influence the future of our planet”.
“It’s an honour to have names like Christiana and Alain heading up the new Global Advisory Board, alongside a strong mix of recognisable names in the field of media, marketing, business, sport and sustainability. I’d like to express my thanks for their participation and we hope to tap into their expertise when choosing the long-term direction of our sport”, he added.
The new Advisory Board is designed to bring in leading figures from a variety of sectors to steer the future direction of Formula E as a key player in influencing the global deployment of electric vehicles and to reduce the race’s carbon footprint.
The announcement came days after the opening of Season Four of the race series, taking place on the streets of Hong Kong’s harbourfront.