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#SBS24 Q&A: Silverstone’s Stephane Bazire

Background image: Mark Stuckey on Unsplash

Background image: Mark Stuckey on Unsplash

Silverstone Circuit is located in the Northamptonshire countryside, and provides the backdrop for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and MotoGP events.

Over the last few years, the team at the circuit has made strides towards sustainable operations – both from an environmental perspective, and a financial perspective by marketing the venue as a location for events potentially outside of racing.

Leading the charge in this area over the last three years has been Stephane Bazire, Silverstone’s head of business sustainability and partnerships. With an extensive experience in environmental and business sustainability, including a stint as operations director and business strategy and sustainability officer at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Bazire was well-placed to support Silverstone’s objectives.

We caught up with Bazire ahead of next month’s TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Manchester…

TheStadiumBusiness: What’s exciting you in the field of stadium and venue design at present?

Stephane Bazire: “The integration of sustainability criteria to make the stadium a smart building (capturing relevant data), eco-friendly, energy and water-efficient, and offering a unique customer experience.”

TSB: What’s in the pipeline for Silverstone over the next six to 12 months?

SB: “Enhance data collection, get 5G installed, recycle 50% of our waste, reduce our energy consumption (phase two of LED lighting deployment), test sustainable fuels, get our fans and main suppliers involved to cut down our carbon emissions by 50% before 2030, start the process to be certified ISO 2012:2024 by 2025.”

TSB: What are you most looking forward to about the Summit?

SB: “Listen and share ideas to make the venue and event management industry a front leader in decarbonisation and purpose-driven partnerships.”

Join Stephane Bazire – and hundreds of colleagues from the sector – at TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2024 in Manchester from June 17-19. Sign up here.

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