Formula 1 races toward net-zero carbon goal

Formula 1 announced last week an ambitious sustainability plan to reach a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. The initiative will cover Formula 1 cars and on-track activity, as well as all off-track activities.

According to a Formula 1 press release, the initiative took 12 months of intense work between the motor sports organization FIA, sustainability experts, Formula 1 teams, promoters and planners. The result is an ambitious yet achievable sustainability plan that will be put into effect immediately.

Technological innovation will play a key role in the new plan. For example, it will work toward combining its current hybrid power unit with advanced sustainable fuels and energy recovery systems to deliver a net-zero carbon hybrid power unit.

“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,” said Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1.

“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.”

Off track, Formula 1 will work toward powering its offices, facilities and factories with 100% renewable energy. Under the initiative, all its events will be sustainable by 2025, which will include replacing single-use plastics with sustainable materials and reusing, recycling or composting all waste.

Formula 1 even plans to offer incentives and tools to help every fan reach the race in a greener way.

“In launching F1’s first-ever sustainability strategy, we recognise the critical role that all organisations must play in tackling this global issue,” added Carey.

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