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FUTURE CHALLENGES FACED BY MOTOR SPORT FACILITIES SUSTIANABLE MOTOR SPORT SEMINAR Lenalinn Hausen, AICP / Nürburgring 16/11/2010. What is AICP?. International association of permanent race circuits (Association International des Circuits Permanents)

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Lenalinn Hausen, AICP / Nürburgring


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What is AICP?

  • International association of permanent race circuits

  • (Association International des Circuits Permanents)

  • Founded in Paris on 8 December 1951 with 8 members

  • Today: 51 members worldwide, growing tendency

  • Affiliate member of the FIA since 2006

  • Associate member of the FIM since 2007

  • AICP’s scope is to optimise the utilization of permanent circuits according to the needs of motorcar and motorcycle sporting events, by exchanging ideas and experiences between member circuits, in collaboration with recognized sporting authorities and other relevant organizations.

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    Initial SituationWorld map of motor race circuits

    156 / 14 / 18

    33 / 2 / 27

    33 / 5 / 10

    19 / 1 / 1

    19 / 1 / 4

    4 / 0 / 1

    Total: 264 / 24 / 61

    Number of: Circuits / FIA Grade 1 / FIA Grade 2

    Source: FIA Circuits Commission, May 2008

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    Motorsport circuit developments worldwideTrends

    • General differentiation

    • permanent circuits Nürburgring, Fuji, Silverstone…

    • permanent test circuits Dakar, Paul Ricard HTTT, Monteblanco …

    • single event/non-permanent circuits Monaco, Abu Dhabi, Singapore…

    • Formula 1 re-/developments Korea, India, Sochi, …

    • Trend: test track, entertainment and/or business center

    • Le Castellet (FR) HTTT test track

    • Silverstone (UK) Centre of Excellence business

    • Hampton Downs (NZ) Motorsport Park business

    • Nürburgring (DE) Nürburgring 2009 business/entertainment

    • Daytona Speedway (USA) DaytonaLIVE! business/entertainment

    • Dubai (UAE) Motor City / F1-X entertainment

    • Abu Dhabi (UAE) Ferrari Theme Park entertainment

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    Greatest future challenge Climate change

    • A global challenge

    • Rising awareness in the societies

    • Political pressure on the industry

    •  Rising pressure on the motorsport and its industry

    • We too have to act!

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    Position of motor sport venues

    • Increasing environmental pressure on the society but also on race circuits

      • Questioning the necessity of motorsport

      • Cars are the most visual symbol for environmental pollution

      • Waste of energy and pollution by race cars

      • Waste of energy by motorsport spectators

      • Event consists of venue and its content

    • The racetracks are not in the “driver's seat position” when it comes to developing new alternative energy concepts


      racetracks can play an active and strong supportive role for the automotive industry and the motorsport institutions.

    • Circuits can…

      • … deliver an environmentally-friendly platform for motor sport events.

      • … deliver the platform for alternative energy motor sport events.

      • … promote environmental friendly motor sport concepts and technologies.

      • … develop attractive new racing formats.

    • Circuits have to confess themselves to alternative energies and to their environmental responsibility!

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    Environmental management at Nürburgring A managerial task

    • Environmental protection is of high significance at Nürburgring and plays an integral role in Nürburgring’s entrepreneurial actions.

    • To this end, Nürburgring started establishing its environmental management system as early as 1996. In 1998, Nürburgring received the certificate for the first time.

    • EMAS (eco-management and audit scheme) stands for the highest standards of environmental protection for commercial enterprises in Europe.

    • In order to keep the EMAS-label, Nürburgring has an independent reviewer checking the observation of the relevant legislation and the implementation of the environmental management system within the company in annual audits.

    • Involving both employees and external companies in the environmental management system is essential for maintaining such a system.

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    EMASEnvironmental management cycle

    External conditions

    Company requirements




    Racing teams

    Contracting parties


    Legal conditions


    Water protection

    Immission control

    Nature conservation/Landscape managementhazardous substances & materials


    Exertion of influence/ requirements

    Binding requirements

    Adaption of





    Creation of



    Adaption of politics and aims

    • Internal audits

    • Assessment of environmental performance


    Assessment by


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    Environmental managementFields

    Water protection

    Noise & noise control

    • Storage of hazardous liquids in retention ponds

    • Double-walled collection tanks for waste oil

    • Identification marking of substances hazardous to water

    • Color-coded inlets for waste water in endangered areas (waste water or rain water)

    • Control of faulty discharge in the paddock during events

    • Involvement of public authorities in case of failures

    • Waterless urinals

    • Water-saving armatures

    • Ample sewage-treatment capacities

    • Assessment of acoustic emissions prior to and after events

    • Control of acoustic emissions during events

    • Promoters are charged for events according to noise level

    • Penalties for exceeding contracted noise levels

    • Consulting for promoters concerning noise levels prior to conclusion of contract

    • 3 microphones supervising the noise level on the Grand Prix track

    • Information of residents prior to the start of the season about projected noise level

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    Environmental managementFields

    Landscape management


    • Separate collection of special waste

    • Waste separation according to 20 kinds of waste

    • Reusable cups

    • Recycled paper

      Involvement of both internal and external persons and companies

    • Staff instruction and raising of environmental awareness (e.g. energy saving)

    • Involvement of outside companies in environmental protection


    • Energy saving and environmentally compatible hand-dryer planned for NR 2009

    • Use of intelligent lighting technology

    • Oil-free heating since late 2007

    • Biomass heating station

    • Sufficient detention ponds for rain water to protect the streams

    • Cleaning of the area after camping (incl. waste separation)

    • Special security in camping areas to protect residents from noise and to protect the environment from damage

    • In order to prevent damages, particularly endangered areas are closed off

    • Cultivation of ecological compensation areas of over 515,000 m² to balance structural interventions (e.g. by forestation, eco-fields, stream maintenance measures…)

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    Latest achievements

    Biomass Heating & Power Station

    On July 21st the new biomass heating and power station at Nuerburgring has commenced operations. The station, which includes a visitor information center for alternative energies, will supply Nuerburgring and all related facilities all year long with power and heat. The wood, as a renewable energy source, originates from regional forests. Partner of Nuerburgring in this project is RWE, one of the largest European energy suppliers.

    LPG car gas karts

    At the 2010 DTM weekend, Nuerburgring’s kart racing track has reopened its doors. New: instead of using regular karts, Nuerburgring has teamed up with GreenAutogas so that customers will race around the track with karts powered by LPG car gas.

    Charging station for e-cars

    The latest achievement of Nuerburgring: charging stations for E-cars. Directly opposite the main entrance to Nuerburgring, the welcome°center, Nuerburgring has installed 4 stations for E-cars in order to enable e-car drivers to upload their batteries while spending the day at an event (not official in operation yet).

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    Environmental protection can create tangible benefits:

    • Economic benefits

      Environmental management allows for cost reduction by means of detecting potential savings and by efficient use of resources. Taking full advantage of these potential savings enhances the company’s economic standing.

    • Credibility / transparency

      Don’t only talk about environmental protection, but act accordingly. Particularly in the field of motorsports, this establishes transparency and credibility with customers and partners.

    • Legal certainty

      Its pro-active environmental management operations protects against possible future claims.

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    Future Tasks

    • Develop a best practice framework of Environmentally Sustainable Practices for design and building of motor sport event facilities – both permanent and temporary circuits

    • Develop a best practice framework of Environmentally Sustainable Practices for the running of motor sport event venues – circuits, incl. karting, and rallies

    • Develop a standardised protocol for the environmentally sustainable assessment of motor sport facilities and event management

    • Identify and obtain endorsement for the above Frameworks and Protocols from an internationally accepted body

    • Develop a methodology for the dissemination of best practice to the ASN’s, facilities owners, and event promoters responsible for running motor sport facilities and events

    • Enable circuits to react to future challanges – for commercial and ecological sustainability

      • Provide educational support

      • Provide financial support, if needed