Any business reality today has to deal with the issue of environmental sustainability. It is now commonplace to hear phrases such as: “We must work to save the planet” or “the earth is in danger”. It is everyone’s moral duty to act for the good of the planet and for its protection. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is also aware of this and has been putting into practice concrete initiatives for years to try to collaborate for a just cause. Some examples of such activities are illustrated in the following paragraphs, but there are still many projects in the pipeline for the future.

Remember that you too can help to go in the right direction with small daily gestures (turn off the water when you are not using it, do not throw cigarette butts on the ground …), because a set of small actions can lead to great results.

The circuit in the Monza Park

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is among the oldest and most prestigious international racetracks in the world, built in 1922 in just 100 days, it is also famous for hosting the Italian F1 Grand Prix almost continuously ever since.

During its 100 years of history it has been at the center of the most legendary feats related to the sport of two and four wheels, and on its track all the greatest champions in history have competed: Campari, Ascari, Nuvolari, Fangio, Clark , Lauda, Senna and Schumacher, but also two-wheelers such as Ubbiali, Surtees, Hailwood, Agostini and Roberts.

The circuit has another peculiarity, compared to all the other circuits, it is located inside the Monza Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe and unique of its kind.

The first evidence of the establishment of the Park dates back to 1805 and in September of the same year an imperial decree was issued for the construction of the park in the Monza area, with the aim of making it a model agricultural and hunting estate.

The structuring of the vast agricultural and wooded territory with the adaptation and transformation of the farmhouses and the important architectures of existing villas within the territory of the Park, the construction and reorganization of wide straight tree-lined avenues, the modeling of the land and the ‘adaptation of the water system to the new needs of the Park, have given life to an unprecedented Park, still today, one of a kind.

In the last decade, following some safety measures on the racetrack, the Lombardy Region, in collaboration with the municipalities concerned, the Parco della Valle del Lambro and the Superintendency of Monuments of Milan, has developed and financed a three-year program of extraordinary interventions for the redevelopment of the Park and the structures it contains, which includes, among other things, the rehabilitation of the woods, the restoration of historic villas and farmhouses, and the improvement of the use of the Park.

The Monza National Circuit has been involved in the environmental protection of the Monza Park for years.

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza will plant 3 thousand new trees in the Monza Park

Fifty new trees have already been installed but within a few months there will be almost 3 thousand plants that the Monza National Circuit will plant at its own expense in the Monza Park. The racetrack has begun in recent days the planting of the first fifty specimens of ready-to-use hornbeams (i.e. large adult plants) five meters high, to reconstruct a row along an avenue between the second curve of Lesmo and the Seraglio . The lot to which the hornbeams belong is made up of 554 plants in total and will be fully laid by the beginning of the spring season.

This is the planting intervention, to compensate for the cutting of a few hundred trees placed in the green areas inside the portion of the Monza Park belonging to the Temple of Speed, in a ratio of a tree planted to one that has been cut or crashed. The removal of the plants, which took place in recent years, has made it possible to improve the safety of the areas of the Autodrome in which risk situations have been identified. The interventions involved both trees in worrying vegetative conditions within areas affected by the transit and parking of people and vehicles and trees crashed by the wind during the violent accidents that characterized the last summer seasons.

The cutting works concerning risk situations have been previously authorized by the competent bodies: Valle del Lambro Regional Park, Villa Reale Consortium and Monza Park, Superintendence of fine arts and landscape of Milan and for the provinces of Como, Lecco, Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Sondrio and Varese.

As part of the maintenance and enhancement of the park’s green spaces by the Monza National Circuit, in addition to the trees in the first lot, another 2,400 plants will be planted again by spring. The operation fulfills the fulfillment envisaged by the past agreement for the concession of the Monza racetrack area for the years from 2016 to 2019, which includes the laying of 600 forest plants per year.

The forest seedlings will be of certified origin belonging to the flora of the Park and with seeds coming from the Lombard regional genetic heritage, suitable for planting in wooded portions of park or to be reforested because they can develop appropriately to the context and specific stationary conditions. The 554 plants to replace the cuts will be mostly adult specimens between 3 and 6 meters in height. In fact, the use of specimens with a prompt effect has been chosen, where the plants will be planted along avenues, to reconstitute the pre-existing rows, or isolated; in wooded areas, the choice of forest seedlings combined with the necessary multi-year crop care will be preferred.

In compliance with the provisions of the Valle del Lambro Regional Park, the tree plants planted will belong to species considered ecologically consistent with the station: English oak (Quercus robur), hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), oak (Quercus petraea), field maple ( Acer campestre), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), cherry (Prunus avium), elm (Ulmus minor).

At the same time as these operations, the Monza racetrack is preparing an overall project for the cultivation of its forest heritage which will be presented next month to a regional call for forestry measures to support the redevelopment of lowland woods. (A.D)

ISO 14001: 2015 certification

The fastest circuit in Italy confirms a particular attention to the environmental management of its activities. Autodromo Nazionale Monza SIAS SpA, the company federated to the Automobile Club of Italy that administers the Monza track, has received the renewal of the certification of compliance with the ISO 14001: 2015 standard of the environmental management system, issued by the company RINA Services which adheres to IQNet, the main international network for the certification of management systems for quality, environment and safety.

The first issue of the certificate of conformity to the ISO 14001 standard at the Monza racetrack dates back to July 1998. For the following twenty years, the certificate has always been confirmed, including the current year, with the latest 2015 adjustment which pays particular attention to the context, the life cycle perspective and the risks. Certification is an international standard that evaluates the environmental impact of the company and establishes valid requirements and criteria to implement efficient and effective management systems.

The analysis of the processes inside the circuit and its stakeholders has made it possible in the last year to minimize the risks and improve the environmental performance of the racetrack, increasing the efficiency in the use of resources, reducing energy consumption and rationalizing the disposal of waste. “This is an important milestone that demonstrates the company’s concrete commitment to limiting the impacts on the neighboring environment,” explains Umberto Andreoletti, Operations Director of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

It could not be otherwise for a circuit recognized all over the world for its particular and suggestive location, within the largest enclosed park in Europe: the Monza Park. The ISO 14001: 2015 certification is therefore an excellent milestone in the long history of the Temple of Speed and an important recognition of the respect shown towards the territory and the surrounding landscape.

ISO 14001: 2015 certification

FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza

For the FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza, the last stage of the World Rally Championship which took place at the Autodrome between 18 and 21 November 2021, the organizers have implemented concrete actions that are sustainable for us and for the surrounding environment. All information can be found by clicking here .

The Monza National Autodrome is FIA 3 Star

The commitment to environmental sustainability that Autodromo Nazionale Monza has been pursuing for years with concrete and measurable initiatives has allowed the circuit to win the precious “FIA 3 Star” award, which the International Automobile Federation assigns to operators who guarantee compliance of the highest environmental standards.

After having obtained the two prestigious awards in the two previous editions of the WRC World Rally Championship, held in 2020 and 2021 “FIA 1 Star ” and “ FIA 2 Star ”, thanks to specific programs and actions in favor of the park and greenery, the Autodromo Brianzolo was therefore awarded a new important award.

In addition to the activities implemented during motorsport competitions, with the contribution of local institutions and the Lombardy Region, a vast environmental protection plan all round; among the various initiatives it is important to mention the forest enhancement projects, on the one hand the actions to compensate for losses due to various atmospheric phenomena and on the other to improve the green lung of the park for the benefit of visitors.

M’illumino di Meno, the new plants of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza inaugurated

Monza, 6 February 2020 – The Monza National Circuit joins M’illumino di Meno today, the day of energy saving and sustainable lifestyles. The circuit participates in the initiative promoted by Rai Radio2’s Caterpillar radio program, inaugurating the first specimens of the 3 thousand trees that the Temple of Speed will plant at its own expense in the Monza Park, as announced in January.

Pietro Benvenuti, General Manager of the Monza racetrack, went in person to the area involved in the planting work, between the second curve of Lesmo and the Serraglio. The trees installed are ready-to-use hornbeams that are part of a first batch consisting of 554 plants to which another 2,400 forest plants will be added, by the beginning of the spring season.

Welcome explains: “All the specimens we will use have a certified origin and belong to the flora of the park that hosts us. The species are in fact consistent with the shrubs already present in the wooded area and therefore the plants will be able to develop appropriately to the context that surrounds them “.

Rai Radio2’s M’illumino di Meno day was also an opportunity to announce an initiative that will allow tens of thousands of trees to be donated to Africa during the Hankook 12H Monza race scheduled in Monza, thanks to Trees for the Future .

Welcome continues: “From 10 to 11 July we will host the Hankook 12H Monza, an endurance for GT and Touring cars. The competition is organized by Creventic which includes attention to the environment among its corporate values, such as the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. For each lap of the track completed by a car competing during the 12 hours, a tree will be donated to an African farmer ”.

The “One lap = one tree” initiative is carried out in collaboration with the non-profit organization Trees for the Future which works to improve the livelihoods of farmers in developing countries, revitalizing impoverished cultivation land. The trees planted thanks to the Hankook 12H Monza will in fact make it possible to transform some mono-crops into forest gardens that allow African farmers to grow products of the land every month of the year to sell for the sustenance of the local community.

Ole Dörlemann, Event Manager at Creventic, explains: “We think it is important to take a more active role in our environmental responsibility and we are proud to be one of the first motorsport organizations to have actively invested to offset its environmental footprint. We are confident that we will be an example for other organizations “.

Even the public who regularly attend the Autodrome can help the Trees For the Future association, which has so far planted 145 million trees in a dozen states, making financial contributions from the (dc) website.