McLaren’s work in implementing green technology at the team’s Woking factory has earned it an Edison Award, which celebrate “innovation and excellence as well as “groundbreaking scientific achievement”.
The Edison awards are named after the great American inventor Thomas Edison, who founded invented the light bulb, the record player and many other things as well as founding GE. McLaren has taken a lead in Formula 1 in recent years on improving its carbon efficiency and environmental awareness and having already earned the Carbon Trust Standard over a three-year assessment, achieved annual savings of over 1500 tonnes of CO2 emmissons and earned official carbon-neutral status at the end of last year.
McLaren were awarded a silver medal in the prestigious Green Implementation category, with the Volkswagen Group of America and Langson Energy also recognised, at a ceremony in New York and team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “I’m delighted that our ongoing efforts to manage and improve our carbon efficiency have been recognised by the Edison Awards judging panel. This is a fantastic achievement for the whole team.
“The nominees’ list at last night’s ceremony in New York read like a Who’s Who of the great and good in the world of inspirational technical innovation, and I’m immensely proud that our team has been recognised on that list.
“While our silver medal is further validation of the steps we’ve made, and certainly helps showcase our efforts on a global level, it is still merely the starting point for an ongoing and concerted mission to ensure that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes conducts its business in an environmentally conscious and responsible way.”