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Inaugural International Motosports & Environment Workshop hosted by the UIM and YCM

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On Saturday 15th July, the Yacht Club de Monaco and the UIM co-hosted the first International Motorsports & Environment Workshop. The event which was held alongside the 2017 Solar and Electric Boat Challenge was spearheaded by UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli and Engineer Marco Casigrahi, and was attended by multi-stakeholder representatives from the four International Motorsport Federations FIA, FIM, FAI and UIM, the renewable-energy industry, Design Studios and Academia, all of whom presented ways how to apply sustainable energy sources for mobility on water, land and in the air.


The main goal of the workshop was to exchange best practice and to provide a platform to discuss “How to have a better world through Sustainable Motorsports & Green energies”. UIM President Raffaele Chiulli called on the Motor Sport community, International Federations and other energy stakeholders to continue to fully support green initiatives such as the Solar & Electric Boat Challenge, as undertakings such as these were the bedrock of green innovation. “We would like to use this opportunity to share with and learn from all parties present here today. It is about time that we use our talents together!”

During the two-hour session, the audience heard from 14 experts who widely acknowledged the importance of the Boat Challenge in bringing together, in healthy competition, young innovators who are the driving force behind the global sustainability research and development efforts. Topics covered included the challenges and rewards of sustainable energy, steps organisations were taking to offset their carbon footprint and the democratization of environment-friendly means of propulsion in the major motor sports bodies.

Eminent engineer Marco Casiraghi who launched the Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge back in 2013, said, “This event is a way to raise public awareness. Sustainable energy sources exist today and it is up to us to demonstrate their application.”

Through the workshop, representatives discussed key impacts of sustainable technology, an energy sustainable future, as well as the way forward for eco-friendlier motorsport activities. The event was a pioneering initiative in stimulating dialogue and bringing together on one platform the leading industries and sports organisations promoting sustainable energy development. This event will continue to be held as a feature of the Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge

Motor Sport and Industry representatives and speakers in attendance:
Marco Casiraghi             Yacht Club of Monaco (YCM)
Raffaele Chiulli               Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM)
Alexis Synodinos            Heliodive
Marco Bocciolone           Mechanics Department of Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Besseghini         Ricerca Sistema Energetico (RSE)
Dante O. Benini               Dante O. Benini & Partners – Architects
Gerard van der Schaar   Clafis Victron Energy Solar boat
Bart Bouwhuis                 Vripack
Pierre Duval                    Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)
Oriol Gallemi i Rovira      Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)
Maria Strigunova            Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)
Federico Caleno             ENEL - Technologies & Innovations
Jochen Färber                Olympic Channel

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