Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast has picked up it's second major environmental award.
Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast has picked up it's second major environmental award. Trevor Veale

Rally Australia wins Coffs Coast a world environment honour

COFFS Harbour's Rally Australia event has claimed another world-first achievement in its environmental program.

The Paris-based FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability, part of the world motor sport governing body, has confirmed the 2013 event on the Coffs Coast achieved carbon neutral status after offsetting 650 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

It became the first FIA-regulated event among all motor sport events worldwide to achieve that status.

It's the 2013 staging's second major environmental milestone, after it became the world's first motor sport event to be awarded the FIA Institute's Achievement of Excellence for sustainability.

Carbon emissions were calculated for rally-related activities, including fuel used by competition, official and spectator vehicles, airline travel, road and sea freight, event accommodation, energy use and other factors.

Offsets were purchased by Rally Australia and are being delivered through the protection of a Tasmanian native forest.

The latest good news was delivered by FIA environmental ambassador, Garry Connelly AM.

Rally Australia's ongoing environmental program, managed by specialist consultant Colin Trinder, undertakes extensive measures to protect and preserve the local Coffs Coast environment and ensure the lowest possible impact from the presence of thousands of visitors attending the four-day event every September.

"Carbon neutral status is a proud achievement for the event," Rally Australia chairman Ben Rainsford said.

"The NSW Coffs Coast hosts the championship in a pristine, beautiful sub-tropical location, which we as organisers are dedicated to protecting and preserving.

"We are proud to lead the motor sport world in environmental sustainability."

The rally returns to the local region on September 10-13.