F1 to accelerate net zero efforts

Formula 1 has said it is “racing” towards its target to make the sport net zero within eight years.

The organisation has unveiled details of how it will reach its target by 2030 alongside a new logo which will be unveiled at next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

In a statement F1 said: “Three years ago, as part of a wider sustainability strategy, F1 set ambitious targets and have since been working with the 10 teams, race promoters, partners, suppliers, broadcasters and the FIA to reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.

“Already F1 has reduced its carbon footprint through remote broadcast operations, which has enabled the company to reduce freight, while redesigned freight containers mean more efficient aircraft can be used to transport the equipment.

“F1 offices are now using 100% renewable energy, with the company earning the highest sustainability management accreditation (3*) awarded by the FIA.”

However the plans announced yesterday will go significantly further in an effort to reduce emissions both on and off the track.

The statement added: “In 2019, Formula 1 announced it aims to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2030 as part of the sport’s wider sustainability strategy.

“Three years in and we’ve made huge strides towards our goal and ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Lenovo British Grand Prix 2022 we want to remind the world of our commitment and our plans of how we’ll get there.

“Through new branding, our Net-Zero Carbon by 2030 messaging will have a strong presence around the pit and paddock throughout the season so our ambition is easily recognisable within the F1 community and beyond.

“However, you won’t have to wait eight years to experience the positive impact F1 is having, with many changes already being implemented such as remote broadcasting, which reduces cargo and transitioning, to 100% renewable energy across all F1 offices.

“In 2026 our 100% sustainable fuel will be introduced alongside the next generation of hybrid engines. Development is already well underway, and the ‘drop-in’ fuel will be transferrable to ICE’s worldwide, helping the whole automobile industry to decarbonise,”

While the organisation said it has taken significant strides to reduce its carbon footprint the next eight years will see further action.

These will include exploring carbon reduction measures for fans travelling to Formula 1 events and switching to more efficient logistics and travel arrangements from air, sea, and land.

It will also trial sustainable fuels in the F2 and F3 classes which have a greater ability to move change at pace.

“Following the successful introduction this season of E10 fuel, comprising 10% ethanol, which will reduce CO2 emissions overall, F1 is working with partner Aramco and all the major fuel manufacturers in F1 to develop a 100% sustainable fuel to be introduced with a new engine formula in 2026,” it added. “It will be a drop-in fuel, so-called because it can be used in the same form in road cars in normal internal combustion engines. F1 will work closely with F2 and F3 to trial the sustainable fuels.

“Looking ahead, there are plans to build future F1 calendars to improve freight and travel logistics so the sport is moving more efficiently around the world.”

The statement concluded: “With eight years to go until 2030, F1 is racing towards its target.”