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  • Case study

Paving a smoother road to carbon neutrality

Who we worked with

Envision Racing, one of the founding teams in the all-electric, single-seater FIA Formula E World Championship – the greenest team on the greenest grid

What the company needed

The team had manual, time consuming processes for reporting on its carbon emissions. It needed a user-friendly approach and easy access to emissions data to improve decision making

How we helped

We mapped the team's carbon-reporting process and identified opportunities for improvement, then embedded automation into the process. Next, we're building a carbon calculator

What the company got

Envision Racing has cut the time it spends on carbon reporting by 50%, leaving more time to focus on enhancing race performance and making more informed decisions on energy consumption and travel

Challenge

Carbon-emissions reporting causes employee burnout

On the racetrack, Envision Racing competes to be the most successful team in the FIA Formula E World Championship. Off the track, Envision Racing is committed to the Race Against Climate Change, accelerating the transition to clean, secure, and affordable renewable energy. Thousands of fans have already pledged in solidarity to reduce their carbon footprint. To match that enthusiasm, the team has its own transparent and aggressive carbon-reduction actions.

Envision Racing has become a leader among its peers and the first team on the Formula E grid to be certified carbon neutral. To make sure it was not taking any shortcuts when it comes to climate change, the team deliberately chose a strict certification organization, the Carbon Trust, to validate its efforts.

But committing to these rigorous reporting guidelines came with unexpected difficulties:

  • Manual, cumbersome data collection and reporting processes
  • Lengthy reporting spreadsheets and extra time spent on reporting duties that required staff to go above normal responsibilities.

These hurdles made it difficult to identify opportunities for improvement. The team was looking for ways to overhaul the process to make reporting on carbon emissions more streamlined and get easier access to insights.

Solution

Automation leads to user-friendly reporting

Tackling complex data challenges is core to our partnership with Envision Racing. Since 2018 we've used our skills in data science and technology to help the team uncover insights to improve its performance in the championship. From predicting how many laps a race will be to unlocking competitive intelligence from radio exchanges, we use advanced analytics to help the team make fast, accurate decisions.

Carbon-emissions reporting is another data problem that the team needed to tackle. We quickly identified how we could help ease the team's pains by embedding automation into the process. For example, the carbon impact from air travel previously required someone to manually calculate the distances between airports and contact air carriers to get the carbon impact per passenger for each leg. This led to complex spreadsheets that needed further editing to create the final report.

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Based on our findings we worked with the reporting team to automate the process for collecting, cleaning, merging, and analyzing carbon-emission data and reporting. We also made the approach user friendly so the team can easily access insight on its carbon consumption and offset data.

Impact

An even greener team with even happier employees

Envision Racing became the first carbon-neutral Formula E team in 2020. And by automating carbon reporting with Genpact, the team continues to reinforce its position as the greenest team on the greenest grid in a more efficient way.

"The sense of relief that we felt as a team when Genpact came on board was immediate," says Envision Racing's Jennifer Babington, operations director and general counsel. "The Genpact team removed the human error that was creeping into our reporting process and took it from being an intellectual experience where you have to collate lots of information and turned it into a business tool that we can now use to capture our carbon data."

The revamped carbon reporting process now enables Envision Racing to:

  • Make better decisions with more timely insights
  • Identify carbon-saving opportunities and raise issues with management at the right time
  • Cut time spent collecting carbon data by 50%
  • Give team members more time to focus on race-day success
  • Eliminate employee frustration and restore satisfaction

For Envision Racing, the path to renewing its annual carbon-neutral status with the Carbon Trust is now substantially easier. But our carbon-emissions work with the team doesn't end there.

What's next

Putting people in the carbon-reduction driver's seat

Both organizations wanted to find more ways to use data to reduce Envision Racing's emissions. "Working with the Genpact team helped open my eyes to what more we could be doing," says Babington.

And so, the next stage of the journey began: to create a carbon-emissions calculator that helps the team make more informed and environmentally sustainable travel choices.

The calculator gathers data such as the distance between two locations and uses a machine-learning model to predict what the journey will involve and give the team travel recommendations based on carbon output. Each user will know just how big or small their footprint will be when traveling between races or for business meetings.

"It will help us make decisions between speed and carbon use," says Emma Waters, travel coordinator at Envision Racing. "Visibility early on will help us with resource planning and deciding who goes to each race or if a meeting should be held virtually."

Each season, the team sets a carbon-reduction target. Employees will use the calculator to contribute to the goal. And in the future, Babington hopes to introduce individual carbon budgets that will work much like a financial budget.

Tech for good

Technology plays a crucial role throughout these programs. “The key to solving climate change is to look at it with a data lens and a change management approach," says Sanjay Srivastava, Genpact's chief digital officer. "Our work with Envision Racing shows that when you apply intelligent automation and advanced analytics to fundamental challenges like climate change, you can help people make choices that have a lasting impact on their communities and planet."

The Genpact and Envision Racing partnership continues to build the world's first instinctive racing team, drawing insights from data that improve performance in the championship and raise awareness of the climate emergency. As the team inspires more people to adopt sustainable practices, it also offers businesses a shining example of how they too can use data and tech for the good of their organizations and the planet.

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