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Tue 14 May 2024

Environment the focus for ERC Rally di Roma Capitale organisers

Having been awarded the highly sought after three stars through the FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme, Rally di Roma Capital organisers will continue their quest to conserve and protect the environment as they prepare to host round five of the 2024 FIA European Rally Championship.

Taking place from 26 - 28 July and also counting as a round of the Sparco Italian Rally Championship, Rally di Roma Capital continues to shine a spotlight on the environment with several initiatives planned.  


Founded by Max Rendina and organised by Motorsport Italia in collaboration with Roma Capitale, the Councillor for Major Events, Sports, Tourism, and Fashion Alessandro Onorato, and the Lazio Region with the Councillor for Tourism, Environment, Sports, Climate Change, Energy Transition, and Sustainability Elena Palazzo, the upcoming Rally di Roma Capitale will take its environmental responsibilities a step further.  



Since last year, the Rally di Roma Capitale has relied on the services of an Environmental Manager who, according to the event, “guides the team in compliance with the rigorous environmental regulations outlined in the plan throughout all the preparatory, organisational and operational work during the rally week. Long-term sustainability objectives and targets guide this approach meticulously”.

For the 12th Rally di Roma Capitale and the eighth to count towards the ERC, organisers are planning a “further evolution of environmental policy, specifically focusing on waste minimisation. Mandatory recycling areas will again be created in the service park in collaboration with Diodoro Ecologia and in the special stages to ensure the correct disposal of waste by both the competing teams and the spectators. Washing of cars or mechanical parts will be prohibited in the service park to minimise water consumption, and all catering will be plastic-free. Tyre suppliers will be mandated to recycle used tyres through the sustainability programmes”.


For the third year running, Rally di Roma Capitale will promote an awareness campaign among marshals who, according to the organisers, “play a fundamental role in demonstrating and promoting correct environmental practices”.   


Training provided covers “the management of environmental risks, including safe handling and disposal of hazardous materials, as well as providing guidance to fans regarding safety and environmental conservation”.

Rally di Roma Capitale will “strongly support sustainable mobility, encouraging car sharing and public transportation, significantly reducing the event's overall emissions. All service vehicles will be electric or hybrid, as has been the case for the last three editions thanks to a collaboration with Renault. Minimising vehicle use to and from Rome for the opening ceremony will be another focus of the environmental protocol: journalists, professionals and staff will travel from Fiuggi to Rome, as much as possible, using public transportation or carpooling, particularly through the partnership with ATAC”.


In addition, the rally route has been carefully planned to avoid “sensitive natural areas, minimising impact on wildlife and contributing to the conservation of natural habitats. This aligns with the goal of reducing the event’s ecological footprint, further enhanced by continuing the Save the Green initiative, which will plant a tree for each team registered for the rally. To reduce CO2 emissions and generate a greater economic return in the areas where the rally takes place, raw materials, production and transportation of semi-finished products will come from local suppliers”.