Formula 1 has launched new commitments as it aims to become a net-zero carbon sport by 2030.
The plan was originally announced in 2019 as part of its wider Sustainability Strategy to reduce carbon emissions from “factory to flag”.
With eight years of the programme remaining, F1 says that it is “racing towards our target and aiming to show the next generation of fans how innovation and teamwork can tackle the challenges of our time”.
In the first three years of operating under the plan, F1 has taken measures such as introducing remote broadcast locations to reduce freight, as well as redesigning freight containers that allow more efficient aircraft to be used.
100 per cent renewable energy is in use at the F1 offices, and the sport undertook its first carbon neutral broadcast at the 2021 British GP – a goal it hopes to re-create this year and future races.
Going forward, F1 is developing a sustainable fuel, which is set to be introduced to the cars in 2026 when a new set of Power Unit regulations come into play.
Although F1 fuel accounts for just 1 per cent of the sport’s emissions, it believes that a sustainable fuel can have a major impact on worldwide, everyday transport.
The fuel has been created with a ‘drop-in’ feature, speeding up the process of transferring its use to existing road cars – both internal combustion engine and hybrid-powered vehicles.
The sport is also set to regionalise its calendar in order to improve freight and travel logistics. It will look at more efficient logistics and travel arrangements from air, sea, and land as well as explore carbon reduction measures for travelling fans.
F1 is also set to work with Formula 2 and Formula 3 to trial sustainable fuels.
The sport will aim to share the carbon reduction activities from across the community to ensure that all parties involved recognise the push to achieve its Net Zero goals.
As it reaches closer to its goal, F1 has vowed to “review our processes as the standards for carbon reductions evolve at pace to ensure that we are at the forefront of this key area”.