OMV Kronos receives CarbonNeutral status

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT receives CarbonNeutral® status OMV, Central Europe's leading oil and gas group, supports the first CarbonNeutral® rally team worldwide. A quality assurance was undertaken which resulted in 1,776 t of CO2-emissions for...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT receives CarbonNeutral® status

OMV, Central Europe's leading oil and gas group, supports the first CarbonNeutral® rally team worldwide. A quality assurance was undertaken which resulted in 1,776 t of CO2-emissions for the whole team during the racing season 2007 which will be neutralised. The focus of the offset projects, which will save the respective level of CO2, is on countries in which OMV is active and where events of the FIA World Rally Championship take place. For instance, two of the three energy efficiency- and regenerative energy-projects are situated in New Zealand, respectively Germany. Thereby the OMV pilot project utilises the existing general framework of this racing series in the best possible way. One is additionally and actively working on alternatives: the OMV Future Energy Fund financially supports projects for regenerative energies by over EUR 100 Mio and in rally sports the natural gas-project was further developed - this season OMV together with Stohl-Racing employs a CNG Mitsubishi Evo IX in the National Championship.

Wind and manure neutralise OMV Kronos Citroen WRT

Of the 1,776 t of CO2-emissions, 600 t are being neutralised by the "Apiti Wind Park" in New Zealand. The 55 wind turbines of this project, certified as "Gold Standard", supply over 45,000 average households per year with regenerative energy and overall save about 100,000 t of CO2-emissions. In Sandbeiendorf, Germany, manure is not, as would be common, stored openly but fed into a biogas manufacturing plant. Thus 14,100 t of CO2-emissions are saved each year, 200 t of which are employed for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team. The remaining 976 t of CO2-emissions are also neutralised by a wind power project in Mongolia. The three projects are supported by an overall amount of EUR 31,000.

Commonality, innovation and responsibility

Already in 2006 the organisers of sports-mega-events like the Olympic Winter Games in Turin and the Football World Championships in Germany neutralised their CO2-emissions. In Germany this amounted to 100,000, in Italy to 120,000 t. Now OMV is applying this idea to rally sports for the first time. Despite the deliberately generous calculation (16 WRC-runs with two World Rally Cars - although only one WRC of the OMV Kronos Citroen WRT is planned for 16 WRC-runs, the second one just for ten WRC-assignments) the result amounted to a CO2-emission of 1,776 t for the whole season 2007. The slightest CO2-emissions are measured at premises (1,8 t), followed by the training cars (11 t), hired vehicles (37 t), Citroen Xsara WRCs (46 t), deliveries (77 t), overnight stays (99 t), truck transports (168 t) and air travels (1,336 t). Thereby the impact of each individual team member is pointed out: an average of 126,000 air miles are covered per season and 100 overnight stays booked.

Active for alternatives and rally sports

In June of 2006 the OMV Future Energy Fund was founded, a company that will financially support projects for regenerative energies by over EUR 100 Mio. Thereby OMV wants to initiate the crossover from a straight oil and gas group to an energy group that has regenerative energies in its portfolio. One will additionally compete this season for the first time with a natural gas-driven Mitsubishi Evo IX in the Austrian Rally Championship. Despite up to 20% less CO2-emissions this project is also part of the quality assurance by The CarbonNeutral Company. Thus the OMV CNG Rally Team, in successful cooperation with Stohl-Racing, will be Austria's first CO2- neutral rally team. "We have utilised the existing general framework in the best possible way, are actively working on alternatives and want to adopt a "door opener"-function - in order to create internal and external projects that are CO2-neutral and to win over new sponsors for the whole rally sport by such innovations ", says Brigitte Mühlwisch, Head of Corporate Sponsorship of OMV.


Dir. Jon Price/The CarbonNeutral Company: "We are pleased to see OMV responding to the need to tackle climate change. By reducing and offsetting emissions through a responsible CarbonNeutral® programme, they are sending a signal to sport and we hope others will follow their lead."

Marc Van Dalen/Team Principal OMV Kronos Citroen WRT: "Success is not only connected to a WRC-title. Success is also a question of team profile. To be sociopolitically active is just as important as sportpolitical commitment."

Manfred Stohl/OMV Kronos Citroen WRT driver and Stohl-Racing entrepreneur: "Our vision are international assignments of natural gas-driven rally cars. Our switch to the Mitsubishi Evo IX is meant to set a basis for this in collaboration with OMV. Precisely because we are a small team working at international projects it is a special challenge to act as trendsetter at innovations."

Daniel Carlsson/OMV Kronos Citroen WRT driver: "The OMV Kronos Citroen WRT additionally supports beneficial activities. From "World Rally Against Drunk Driving" over OMV Move & Help, the educational program for over 35.000 children, to considering the environment. I am proud to be part of this team and the fact that we compete CO2-neutral this season."

-credit: omv

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Series WRC
Drivers Daniel Carlsson , Manfred Stohl
Teams Citroën World Rally Team