Greenland will host the opening round of Extreme E when the electric off-road racing series gets underway in 2021, it was announced on Friday.
A location near Russell Glacier will host the Arctic round of the planned five-race schedule for Season One in what will be the first ever motorsport event in Greenland, a country currently experiencing unprecedented effects of global warming.
The news was revealed in Kangerlussuag, West Greenland, by Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag along with Jess Svane, Greenland’s minister for industry, energy and research.
“I am incredibly excited to be bringing Extreme E’s unique electric racing format to the front line of the global climate emergency here in Greenland,” commented Agag.
“I promised Extreme E would break the mould in motorsport and this really proves I meant it.
“As well as being a serious motor racing series, Extreme E has a strong sporting purpose to promote the adoption of electric mobility in the fight to lower global emission levels, an issue we can no longer ignore, especially here in Greenland.”
Svane (pictured above left with Agag) added: “I am very happy that Extreme E will take place in Greenland in 2021. This shows that Greenland is not only a beautiful travel destination sought out by lovers of nature, adventure seekers and wildlife explores, it is also a place with a bright future in business development.”
“We are also very pleased with Extreme E’s vision to highlight climate change. This correlates perfect with our own green agenda.
“Greenland is a green country and today around 70 percent of all public energy supply is from renewable energy resources and we are firmly committed to increase this further in the years to come.”
Four further locations which have already been damaged by climate change or human interference will feature on Extreme E’s Season One schedule.
Exact locations are currently being scouted in the Himalayas, desert, rainforest and an Indian Ocean island.
Extreme E has pledged that organizers will ensure that “thorough environmental, social and governance assessments” take place in each location with a local third party to “safeguard environmental protection, social inclusivity and fair political practices”.
Each event will take place over three days, using an area no larger than 10 sq km. Routes will incorporate existing obstacles and features without the need to adapt the environment.