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Formula 1 to be net-zero carbon by 2030

Formula One World Championship Ltd (Formula 1) has announced an ambitious sustainability plan to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. This initiative will cover the Formula 1 cars and on-track activity and the rest of the operations as a sport.

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Formula One World Championship Ltd (Formula 1) has announced an ambitious sustainability plan to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. This initiative will cover the Formula 1 car and on-track activity and the rest of the operations as a sport (photo courtesy Formula 1).

The plan, announced on November 11, 2019, comes after twelve months of intense work with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) sustainability experts, Formula 1 teams, promoters, and partners resulting in an “ambitious, yet achievable” delivery plan.

In launching F1’s first-ever sustainability strategy, we recognise the critical role that all organisations must play in tackling this global issue. By leveraging the immense talent, passion and drive for innovation held by all members of the F1 community, we hope to make a significant positive impact on the environment and communities in which we operate. The actions we are putting in place from today will reduce our carbon footprint and ensure we are net zero carbon by 2030, said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO, Formula 1.

Carbon reduction projects will begin immediately to start the journey of becoming a more sustainable sport.

Our commitment to global environmental protection is crucial. The FIA welcomes this Formula 1 initiative. It is not only very encouraging for the future of motorsport, but it could also have strong benefits for society as a whole, said Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Driver of innovation

Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technological innovation throughout its history with advancements that have directly benefitted the wider automotive industry.

Aerodynamic innovations, safety developments, energy recovery systems, navigation tools, and composite materials from F1 have been adopted by the road car and other industries.

Over its 70-year history, F1 has pioneered numerous technologies and innovations that have positively contributed to society and helped to combat carbon emissions. From ground-breaking aerodynamics to improved brake designs, the progress led by F1 teams has benefitted hundreds of millions of cars on the road today, said Chase Carey.

Being at the forefront of automotive innovation gives Formula 1 a global platform to accelerate progress and develop technologies that reduce and eliminate carbon emissions from the current internal combustion engine (ICE).

The hybrid power unit will play a key role in the future of the automotive industry.

This strategy is in line with initiatives started some years ago by the FIA with the creation of the Environmental Accreditation Programme, more recently with the FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission, and researches on renewable racing fuel. Furthermore, in 2014 we introduced the hybrid power unit in Formula 1, which was essential for the development of motorsport’s highest category, said Jean Todt.

The current F1 hybrid power unit, delivering more power using less fuel than any other car, combined with advanced sustainable fuels and energy recovery systems presents a tremendous opportunity to deliver a net-zero carbon hybrid power unit.

With over 1 billion of the 1.1 billion vehicles in the world powered by ICEs, it has the potential to reduce carbon emissions globally.

Few people know that the current F1 hybrid power unit is the most efficient in the world, delivering more power using less fuel, and hence CO2, than any other car. We believe F1 can continue to be a leader for the auto industry and work with the energy and automotive sector to deliver the world’s first net-zero carbon hybrid internal combustion engine that hugely reduces carbon emissions around the world, Chase Carey said.

Reduce overall environmental impact

In addition to the plans to eliminate the carbon footprint of the F1 car and the on-track activities, initiatives will include action to ensure F1 moves to ultra-efficient logistics and travel and 100 percent renewably powered offices, facilities and factories.

By 2025 F1 will also ensure all events are sustainable. This will mean the use of sustainable materials at all events with single-use plastics (SUPs) being eliminated and all waste reused, recycled, or composted.

Additionally, F1 will provide incentives and tools to offer every fan a greener way to reach the race and ensure circuits and facilities enhance fan well-being and nature as well as provide opportunities for local people, businesses, and causes to get more involved in the action during a Formula 1 race weekend.

Delivering the plan will involve F1 working with the FIA and all of its partners, promoters, sponsors, and teams and building on the work that many of them are already delivering on the sustainability issue.

It is the same reason that led us to maintain this philosophy within the framework of the Formula 1 regulations applicable from 2021. With the involvement of the teams, drivers, F1’s numerous stakeholders, and crucially the millions of fans around the world, the FIA and Formula 1 are committed to driving development and ensuring motorsport grows as a laboratory for environmentally beneficial innovations, ended Jean Todt.


About Formula 1

Started in 1950, Formula 1 is now the world’s most popular international annual sporting series, with over 500 million global fans and broadcast in nearly 200 countries around the world.

The FIA Formula One World Championship runs from March to December each year. Formula 1 currently spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents, with 10 teams competing for the FIA Formula One World Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships. In 2020 this will increase to 22 races in 22 countries.

Formula One World Championship Ltd holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship.

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