The outspoken former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres is now slated to head the Global Advisory Board of the popular electric vehicle racing series Formula E, to be joined by the retired 4-time Formula One world champion Alain Prost as well.
The Formula E Global Advisory Board is intended to advise various parties on topics relating to “sustainability, the media, and business” — and is currently comprised of a number of visible names from a variety of different sectors.
“Members include Formula E founder Alejandro Agag, the chairman of Chinese telecoms company SINA Charles Chao, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief marketing officer Gerd Mauser, and former McLaren F1 team boss Martin Whitmarsh. Brazil’s reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi and Swiss private bank Julius Baer’s head of global sponsoring Marco Parroni are also on the board,” Reuters reports.
“Costa Rican diplomat Figueres was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and helped broker the 2015 Paris accord signed by nearly 200 countries.” No, she was never a professional racer, as far as we know, but she is a strong voice and even symbol of the transition away from fossil fuels, which is what Formula E is all about.
“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,” Figueres commented in the official announcement statement from Formula E.
“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.”
The 4th season of the Formula E racing series, sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), is set to begin just a few days from now, on December 2nd, when Hong Kong’s city streets will play host to a plethora of extremely fast electric vehicles zooming around.