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V8 Supercars: Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) praised for becoming first team in Asia to go carbon neutral

Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) has gone green with the championship winning outfit planting 17,000 trees to become Australia’s first and only carbon neutral race team.

As part of a comprehensive environmental program that has until now been kept secret, DJR have completely offset the 15.5 tonnes of CO2 they output a year by recycling, planting trees and using renewable energy.

Having been awarded a three-star environmental accreditation that has been applauded by FIA president Jean Todt, DJR founder Dick Johnson hailed going green as one of his team’s great achievements.

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DJR drivers Will Davison and Anton De Pasquale get behind the team’s green stance.
Camera IconDJR drivers Will Davison and Anton De Pasquale get behind the team’s green stance. Credit: Supplied

“This is one of the most exciting announcements we’ve made in the team’s history,” Johnson said.

“I may have been around motorsport for well over 50 years now but I’m still very passionate about our team and our sport, the positive impact it can have on society and the generations to come.

“As a bloke with two grandkids, I couldn’t be prouder of the work Ryan and the team have done to make DJR Australia’s first carbon neutral race team.”

The landmark program to go green was spearheaded by DJR co-owner Ryan Story.

“Innovation, professionalism, efficiency and technology are at the heart of what we do and drive success for Dick Johnson Racing on the racetrack,” Story said.

“With an incredible 1.25 million supporters of DJR in Australia, I’ve long maintained that we have a social, moral and ethical responsibility to use this platform wisely including for the benefit of future generations of motorsport supporters”.

“Becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral motor racing team and the first touring car team to achieve the FIA Three Star Environmental Accreditation is an exciting moment for our whole organisation and a great milestone in the more than 40-year history of DJR.

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Camera IconDick Johnson says the program is ‘an exciting moment for our whole organisation’. Credit: News Corp Australia

“We believe in it for our team and business and others might choose to follow suit in their own way.”

Jean Todt, President, FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), congratulated DJR and its co-owners Dick Johnson and Ryan Story on their achievement.

DJR planted 5000 trees in Australia and another 12,000 in India and Nepal.

“I am very pleased to see them become the first motorsport team outside of Europe, to achieve the FIA’s Three Star Environmental Accreditation rating.” Todt said.

“A key element of the FIA Action for the Environment initiative is our Accreditation program and it is very encouraging to see Dick Johnson Racing setting an example to other Touring Car teams to lead the way in demonstrating the FIA’s responsible and proactive approach to the environment and sustainability. My congratulations go to Ryan Story, Dick Johnson and the team, for their achievement and example.”

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