And We Go Green


During TIFF, I watched a documentary called “And We Go Green”. This movie demonstrates how one man wants to change the car-racing industry, an industry known for its contribution to greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere, to a more environmentally conscious industry.

As individuals, we try to protect the planet through recycling and reducing our overall carbon footprint. Today, I want to write about the automobile industry and what it’s doing to help the environment. Sounds strange, I know. I want to highlight what I learned from the movie and the effect car-racing has on the environment. 


The Minister of Environment illustrated that transportation accounts for 59% of Canada’s total CO² emissions and 53% of Canada’s total NOx emissions. The effects of transportation emissions and their contribution to smog are of particular concern in urban areas, where populations are dense and transportation demand is high. Over 80% of Canadians live in urban areas, with more than 50% concentrated in the nine largest cities. One-third of Canadians live in Canada’s largest three cities: Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver

According to Government of Canada, passenger vehicles cause a variety of air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide (CO) and sulphur oxides (SOx).

The total proportion of emissions from passenger vehicles in Canada are accounted:

  • 51% of Volatile Organic Compound: Volatile organic compound is released from burning fuel such as gasoline and it forms smog when it is combined with nitrogen oxides.
  • 21% of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx): Nitrogen oxides are one of the most relevant factors for air pollution. Nitrogen oxides form smog by reacting with sunlight and other chemicals.
  • 4 % of Particulate Matter: At atmospheric particle matter with less than 2.5micro meters in diameter. It contributes to acid rain, depletes nutrients sold due to its chemical compositions.


Even though the government has been trying to encourage Canadians to purchase electric cars, people are still not so open to the idea. This is mostly because of maintenance fees, not enough charging stations and short driving time.

When Alejandro Agag started Formula - E, people did not think it will be successful as what it is now. As a 20’s female without a G1, I would not watch formula -1 or any type of car racing sports. However, this was different. “Sustainable car racing”. Every Formula - E game starts with the sentence "And We Go Green!"

- Alejandro AgagFounder of Formula E - GREENTECH FESTIVAL

According to "Why NASCAR Needs To Think About Energy Use", in a single typical NASCAR race weekend, with more than 40 cars driving a combined 500 miles (804 kilometres) — plus practice laps — at 5 mpg of gas, you’re looking at, conservatively, about 6,000 gallons (22,712 litres) of fuel. Each gallon burned emits about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of carbon dioxide, that’s about 120,000 pounds (54,431 kilograms) of CO2 on a race weekend. Multiply that by roughly 35 races per year, and NASCAR’s annual carbon footprint is in the area of 4 million pounds (1.8 million kilograms).

Imagine if we add up all emission that come from car racing from around the world. The result is quite harsh on the environment, but here is why formula - E can help racing fans and the general population. Formula-E works with many automobile companies to improve electric cars. These improvements will help bring the progress of supplying electric cars to regular citizens.


It creates a new way of sustainable sports spirit in other industries and makes people realize the importance of sustainability.

The documentary was more focused on the Formula-E drivers. However, it was a great movie to help me to discover different green initiatives that are being done in the sports industry. Oxygenate is aiming to oxygenate the earth by minimizing waste and to meet our mission statement, we need to learn a variety of ways to help the environment.


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