Although the inaugural Extreme E season is not yet over, organizers are building on the tournament’s strong reception and planning for what will be the second season and potential destinations to visit.
While the 2022 calendar has yet to be announced, fans know that at least one race will be held in Europe, with the announcement that the UK government intends to invest $1.3 million for a day in Scotland.
The decision comes before the uncertainty and difficulties associated with organizing events in Argentina and Brazil, which have already had to be suspended this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis and restrictions.
COP26 Leads the Way
Through an official statement, Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E, pointed out that Scotland is an appropriate place after the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Glasgow, and will allow the issue of electric mobility and climate emergency to continue inspiring actions, highlighting solutions and mitigation strategies.
The Council Leader, Roddie Mackay, stressed that “the announcement by the UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is a resounding endorsement of climate ambitions”.
“This is very good news for our communities as we seek to position ourselves as low carbon islands. COP26 in Glasgow will set the global decarbonization agenda and, as the host of the Scottish round of the zero emissions race series, Scotland will once again punch above its weight on climate terms.
He said it is particularly fitting that an island group on the Atlantic Border, with more to lose from climate change on issues such as sea level rise, has been selected to host the race, and the Extreme E principles fit perfectly with aspirations to rapidly decarbonize island society and economy.
“We will work closely with Extreme E, environmental agencies and the community at the venue to ensure only positive impacts for people and the planet, and we will seek to spread the legacy and benefits of this event to others on the island,” said Mackay.
Written by I Jhonattan González