The 22nd session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Marrakesh on November 7-18, with the electric race as their official sporting opening event on November 12 at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan.
“We are delighted to be racing in Marrakesh,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. “It’s the first time that Formula E has raced on the African continent, which shows how we have evolved into a truly global championship. The event has even greater significance, as we are here as one of the official partners of COP22. Formula E fully understands the challenges and risks that climate change presents, and to be a part of the most significant forum for tackling this problem is a huge honor.”
COP 22: One year after Paris
The COP 22 summit in Marrakesh will take over the reins from COP21, during which historic progress was made in Paris last year. It will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities set in the Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages – with notable guests including President of the United States Barack Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Formula E’s visit to Africa reflects also the growing demand for e-mobility solutions across the globe. “The Formula E Marrakesh ePrix on November 12 is an official COP22-certified event,” said Said Mouline, CEO of Moroccan Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. “It will be a magnificent occasion to demonstrate that electric mobility has reached an advanced level of maturity and that its development is due to determined policies by nation states. Electric mobility is now also reaching Africa where huge opportunities exist.”
Jean Todt, President of the FIA: “Formula E is a great example of an FIA championship representing the Federation’s two main pillars – sport and mobility. We are delighted that Formula E has decided to become a partner of COP22 on the occasion of the first running of the Marrakesh ePrix. As part of the FIA mission to promote clean transport systems available to all, we are looking to encourage the development and adoption of sustainable technologies. Formula E is a fantastic laboratory that will enable the development of clean technologies for all.”
Debut on African soil
The Formula E drivers will be battling for the inaugural Marrakesh ePrix win around the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, subject to FIA track homologation. The 2.97km anti-clockwise circuit has previously hosted other motorsport events, including the WTCC Race of Morocco.