Gender equality, sustainable mobility and the fight against climate change come together at Extreme E, a global electric off-road series taking place this year in Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Brazil and other locations. As a responsible bank, Santander invites you to come on this adventure with Santander Private Banking.
Saudi Arabia was the first stop on Extreme E, a new, elite rally that brings together innovation, sustainable mobility and gender equality to underscore the fight against climate change and diversity.
Nine teams, whose co-drivers are a man and a woman, competed this weekend on the arid deserts of Saudi Arabia, in a rally charged with excitement and a will to win without fossil fuel (as the race cars were all electric SUVs). The ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, sponsored by Santander Private Banking, finished third in the first semi-final and fourth in the general qualifier.
The rally consists of four more races that will take place during 2021 in Senegal, Greenland, Brazil and Argentina. Broadcast live, it’s expected to reach more than 177 million viewers who will be shown the impact of climate change on various regions of the planet.
Taking action against climate change
The Saudi Arabian desert provides a vivid picture of the gradual degradation and drought inflicted on arid ecosystems by climate change.
The Legacy programme, designed by a panel of distinguished scholars from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, is the organization's initiative to promote conservation in the locations selected for the rally. For the first race, it ran a programme with the Ba’a Foundation and Beacon Development to protect endangered turtle species in the Red Sea and teach local communities about the environment. Participating teams helped with turtle conservation by cleaning the beach and protecting nesting grounds threatened by erosion, the rising sea level and pollution from developing industries.
A step forward for people and society
This championship’s purpose is consistent with Grupo Santander’s values, which is why Santander Private Banking will support Spain’s ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, led by Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz, from start to finish with a view to promoting diversity, innovation and sustainability, and to asserting our commitment to the fight against climate change and to equal opportunity for men and women across society, not just in sport.