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, as well as the rest of the operations as a sport. The plan comes after 12 months of intense work with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), sustainability experts, Formula 1 teams, promoters, and partners, resulting in an ambitious yet achievable delivery plan.
Carbon reduction projects will begin immediately to start the journey of becoming a more sustainable sport. Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technological innovation throughout its history with advancements that have directly benefitted the wider automotive industry.
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). 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 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.
F1 will also ensure circuits and facilities enhance fan wellbeing and nature. It will also 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 the teams. They will build on the work that many of them are already delivering on the sustainability issue.
Chase Carey, Chairman, and CEO of Formula 1, said: “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.”
Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) said: “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.
“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.”