The famous auto-racing sports league has developed a plan to become completely carbon neutral by 2030, it has also outlined strategies to make all Grand Prix fully sustainable in the next 6 years.
F1´s move to tackle the climate crisis focuses on combatting the unsustainable carbon footprint caused by race track activity, including transport of staff, visitors and equipment to and from the events.
FIA president Jean Todt said his organisation and F1 were “committed to driving development and ensuring motorsport grows as a laboratory for environmentally beneficial innovations”.
Becoming carbon neutral is an ambitious goal for an event that currently produces 256,000 tonnes of CO2 during each season. This amount includes the transportation of 10 teams and their equipment to 21 different races, with the amount due to expand.
All teams involved in Formula 1 back the decision to reach the common goal of becoming carbon-zero. There is a mutual understanding that for the sport to prosper it must understand and tailor to the public´s stance on the climate emergency.
Main changes include the introduction of synthetic fuel and the transition to efficient procedures for logistics and travel. Single-use plastic will be eliminated and offices, facilities and factories will be powered by renewable energy, and any changes that can´t be done will be offset.
The current engines are to be turned into a new net zero-carbon power unit. In the next 2 years, 10 per cent use of biofuel will be mandatory and it will be expected alongside improved engine efficiency and synthetic fuel that uses carbon capture.
Lewis Hamilton, the current world champion, has been targeted in recent weeks for his outspoken environmental concerns due to his participation in the currently harmful sport. He claims that he has attempted to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and has welcomed F1´s proposals.
Amelia Womack, the Green Party´s deputy leader, believes that Formula One should lead by example and follow plans, therefore acting as a pioneer in the industry. She said: “It should set a benchmark for all other sports organisations and businesses to follow suit – if F1 can do it then surely anyone can.”