04
Jul

The Riversimple Royal Assignment

With the Commonwealth games starting at the end of this month last weekend we were given a very important task. Transporting the Queen’s baton from Baglan to Margam Park. The Queens Baton embarks on a tour of all the Commonwealth countries prior to the games to unite and celebrate the nations of the Commonwealth. After departing Buckingham Palace on the 7th of October 2021, the baton travelled to 72 countries, from Canada to Tuvalu before returning to the UK for the opening ceremony. The theme of the Welsh leg was sustainability and as a Welsh sustainable hydrogen car company we were asked to carry the Baton from Baglan to Margam Park in South Wales. We deployed 3 Rasas which were driven in formation conveying the Baton 7 miles to its next destination. The footage of the Rasas in formation invokes memories of a certain 1960’s British film involving small British cars carrying valuable cargo driven in formation! Fortunately, we didn’t require the support of a coach as all 3 Rasas travelled were driven from our Llandrindod HQ to Baglan by a few of the Riversimple team. To us this journey of the Queens Baton for the Commonwealth Games has taken on a new dynamic, as well as uniting and celebrating the nations it has visited, this tour highlighted the climate challenges faced by nations within the Commonwealth. Tuvalu, mentioned earlier, is known as the sinking island. It earnt this name as it is set to be first nation to be lost to rising sea levels caused by climate change. Nestled midway between Hawaii and Australia the Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu has a population of just over 11,000 and can only be reached via plane and a single runway that regularly floods with seawater. It relies on financial support from the UN and Commonwealth Secretariat to manage the effects of climate change and preserve what is left of the island. Despite the Commonwealth Games at its core being a sporting event the social and environmental benefits cannot be ignored. Riversimple was established with the purpose of “pursuing, systematically the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport”and highlighting the global challenges of climate change emboldens our cause even more. It was a true honour to be entrusted to carry the Queens Baton and we would like to thank all of those who came to see us, the team who made it happen.

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