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Diplomats in Riyadh discuss sustainability prospects ahead of Formula E World Championship Season 8

RIYADH: Spreading the truth about climate change and the need for sustainability is very important when it comes to climate change and its impact on life on Earth, panelists said in a discussion hosted by the embassies of Sweden and Switzerland to the Kingdom.

Swedish Ambassador Niclas Trouvé and his Swiss counterpart André Schaller co-hosted the climate and sustainability outlook discussion on Thursday evening at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Riyadh, where some of motorsport’s top drivers gathered before Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Friday night’s highly anticipated first race begins with a double-header in Diriyah, promising an exhilarating racing experience using electric cars.

Swedish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Niclas Trouveau during a discussion. (A photo by Rashid Hassan)

Run under LED lights at the UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh, the night races, which will take place on January 28 and 29, are taking place in the Kingdom for the fourth consecutive year since the site joined the calendar in 2018.

Speaking to Arab News, Trouvé said, “We had an important discussion in the panel. The occasion we are here for is the Formula E race sponsored by ABB. What’s interesting now is the feeling here in the Kingdom, and also of course in Sweden and Switzerland and the rest of the world, the huge push we’re now feeling for sustainable green solutions.

Swiss Ambassador André Schaller speaking during a discussion. (A photo by Rashid Hassan)

“As I shared with the audience here during the discussion, almost half of new cars sold in Sweden last year were carbon-free, non-fossil, i.e. electric or hybrid cars. Around the world we are now seeing a huge push for electric vehicles like Formula E racing, as we will see on Friday night in Diriyah.

“The embassies of Sweden and Switzerland co-organized the roundtable, and we are both at the forefront, we want to cooperate with the Kingdom, we want co-creation and innovation with our Saudi friends. and we are ready to make business and investment Vision 2030 a reality so that Saudi Arabia can also continue to play this very important role towards a sustainable zero-carbon future,” the envoy said.

Audience at a panel discussion on climate and sustainability perspectives at the Swedish Embassy. (A photo by Rashid Hassan)

Schaller said: “Congratulations to Saudi Arabia and also to ABB for hosting the Formula E World Championship races in Diriyah for the fourth time in a row. This is a race into the future – for a future sustainable – and it also crosses the rich history and heritage of the Kingdom past the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“It’s also about the message, the message that if you can do races like this with sustainable, renewable electric cars, you can apply the same for commercial vehicles,” Schaller said, adding “these cars do not carry passengers, but it carries an important message.

Audience at a panel discussion on climate and sustainability perspectives at the Swedish Embassy. (A photo by Rashid Hassan)

Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle said: “We are delighted to be back at Diriyah for the fourth time, Saudi Arabia is one of the race series features on our global calendar. For the past two years, we have been unable to accommodate fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are happy to welcome the fans this time, this is great news.

“We will be racing live for the second time under the lights, and it will be carbon neutral using electric vehicles and LED lighting. All the energy consumed for the race is biofuel.

Another panelist, Mohammed Al-Mousa, ABB’s county general manager in Saudi Arabia, said technology leader ABB has played a crucial role over the years in the Kingdom and wants to continue the successful demonstration of the sustainable energy commitment, electric mobility and carbon. neutrality.

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