Gumball 3000 goes carbon neutral
The Gumball 3000 is a world-renowned supercar rally that allows owners of some of the world’s most expensive and special vehicles to experience their vehicles in a truly unique way. So why are you reading about it in this magazine? Well, this year not only marked the 15th anniversary of the event, but also made history by being the first Gumball to be “carbon neutral”.
This was achieved by the Gumball 3000’s partnership with the CNI UK, with the aim to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from the vehicles taking part in the rally. This makes what is among the world’s most fun and outrageous super car celebrations, also one of the most environmentally responsible.
CNI UK managing director, Edward Carlton, who entered the rally himself, says: “By taking part in Gumball 3000 and offsetting the rally’s emissions, we aim to demonstrate that those who enjoy motoring but are conscious of environmental impact, there are steps that can be taken.”
CNI UK is a provider in the voluntary carbon offset market, operating across multiple sectors assisting organisations in becoming carbon neutral. The company specialises in the procurement, sale and retirement of Verified Carbon Standard credits and supports carefully selected projects around the world, such as wind farms in India, waste heat recovery in China and hydroelectric operations in Brazil. These projects generate credits by providing a renewable energy source to the local area that would have otherwise relied on carbon-intensive fossil fuel power generation.
The nine-day Gumball 3000 event, which began on May 18, followed a special 15th anniversary route from Copenhagen to Monte Carlo, passing through Scandinavia, Russia, Latvia, Poland and Vienna.