McLaren Racing appoints first Director of Sustainability

15 Nov 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

McLaren Racing has announced the appointment of its first Director of Sustainability, and its signature of both the UN Sports for Climate Action Commitment and the UN Race to Zero pledge during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

McLaren Racing’s first Director of Sustainability, Kim Wilson, will join the team on 31 January 2022. Kim was most recently employed by EDF Energy in the UK where she has been at the forefront of their sustainable business agenda for more than a decade. Her most recent focus was on developing EDF’s Helping Britain Achieve Net Zero campaign.

Kim Wilson, Director of Sustainability, McLaren Racing: “McLaren Racing’s ambition to drive and champion innovation that helps others transition to a net zero, circular world and positively contribute to a truly sustainable future is really inspiring. I am excited to be joining the team at such a pivotal time and am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to turn these bold ambitions into reality.”

Additionally, by becoming a signatory to the United Nations’ Sports for Climate Action Commitment, McLaren Racing is committed to joining the sports community as a responsible global citizen combating climate change. The framework includes measuring, reducing, and reporting the team’s greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the 1.5-degree commitment enshrined in the Paris Agreement and to committing to being carbon net zero by 2040. McLaren Racing has already committed to achieving net zero by 2030.

Similarly, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Race to Zero campaign exists to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities and investors for a healthy and resilient zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

These announcements follow an engagement hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales during the first week of COP26 last week, to mark McLaren’s entry into Extreme E and the team’s first-ever female racing driver. Extreme E is an all-electric motorsport platform which exists to raise awareness of climate change through the terrains it races on in remote parts of the world and promote diversity. McLaren’s Extreme E team has partnered with Count Us In, a global platform that shares high-impact, achievable steps to reduce carbon pollution, which align with the UN’s sustainability development goals.