First ever FIA Sustainable Innovation Series event held in Tokyo


The FIA and Formula E co-hosted the first ever Sustainable Innovation Series event in Tokyo on Thursday.

Held ahead of the inaugural Tokyo ePrix, ‘Transport’s Net-Zero Transition’ was an opportunity for discussions around the future of sustainability in motorsport, track-to-road innovation, and mobility innovation.

The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and the University of Tokyo kindly supported the event.

This year’s packed agenda included keynotes from Mastercard’s Erica Katayama and the University of Tokyo’s Professor Noboru Koshizuka, as well as panels on innovation in Formula E (with Nissan’s Tommaso Volpe, Andretti’s Roger Griffiths, and DHL’s Léopold Mathieu) and the future of automobility in Japan (featuring Toyota’s Yumi Otsuka, TIER IV’s Shinpei Kato, Omotete’s Urara Takaseki, and MLIT Policy Analyst Haruki Sawamura). FIA CEO Natalie Robyn and Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds also sat down for a fireside chat about the impact of motorsport in bringing sustainable changes for the automotive industry.

Mie Kajikawa, Founder of Sport for Smiles, acted as Master of Ceremony, while the FIA’s Asuka Ito and Formula E’s Julia Palle and Maria Mekies moderated the panels.

Natalie Robyn, CEO of the FIA, said: “It was a pleasure to speak at the first ever Sustainable Innovation Series event. Sustainability is at the heart of our commitments and events like this one play a key role in drawing key industry stakeholders together and opening up opportunities for conversation, collaboration, and progress for the future.”

More Sustainable Innovation Series events are set to take place alongside FIA World Championships throughout 2024.