F1 unveils plans for net-zero carbon footprint by 2030

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Formula 1 has unveiled its “ambitious” strategy to ensure that it has a net-zero carbon footprint by the end of the next decade, as part of a wider proposal to make the sport eco-friendlier.

Environmental issues, and their impact on the world, have become a wider social discussion in recent years, with World Champion Lewis Hamilton having voiced his concerns earlier this season.

The initiative, launched today (Tuesday) will cover Formula 1 cars, on-track activities, and the rest of the sport’s operations.

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Formula 1 and the FIA have been working across the past year with sustainability experts, Formula 1 teams, promoters and partners to result in an “ambitious yet achievable delivery plan.”

It has outlined that “carbon reduction projects will begin immediately to start the journey of becoming a more sustainable sport.”

By 2025 Formula 1 has vowed to “move to ultra-efficient logistics and travel and 100 per cent renewably powered offices, facilities and factories” while all events will be sustainable.

Single-use plastics will be eliminated and all waste reused, recycled or composted.

Formula 1 will also “provide incentives and tools” to ensure fans can reach race venues in a “greener way” while providing “opportunities for local people, businesses and causes to get more involved in the action during a Formula 1 race weekend.”

“Over its 70-year history, F1 has pioneered numerous technologies and innovations that have positively contributed to society and helped to combat carbon emissions,” said Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey.

“From ground-breaking aerodynamics to improved brake designs, the progress led by F1 teams has benefitted hundreds of millions of cars on the road today. 

“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.

“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.

“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.”