It may not come as a surprise that the Formula One World Championship (F1) produces large amounts of carbon dioxide in each race to send drivers, teams, cars and infrastructure workers to more than 20 countries, according to foreign media. However, the event has pledged to overhaul its behaviour and commit to achieving carbon neutral itys by 2030.
According to F1’s own data, its carbon footprint in 2019 is 256,551 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Interestingly, the amount of carbon dioxide from the car itself was very small, accounting for only 0.7% of the total. In other words, most of this carbon footprint comes from freight and people transporting around the world, accounting for more than 71 per cent of the total.
It is understood that F1’s new sustainability plan aims to completely eliminate the carbon footprint and plans to move to ultra-efficient logistics and journeys. In addition, F1 will work to build 100 percent renewable energy offices, team facilities and factories that cannot be eliminated by carbon emissions that will be offset by a bio-and-technology storage program.
“We believe that F1 can continue to be a leader in the automotive industry and significantly reduce global carbon emissions by launching the world’s first net zero carbon hybrid internal combustion engine in partnership with the energy and automotive industries,” said Chase Carey, F1 Chairman and CEO. “
As part of its new strategy, F1 also plans to achieve sustainable racing by 2025. This means they will not use disposable plastics, but will reuse all the waste. The company also plans to offer incentives to fans who travel to the arena in a sustainable way, such as cycling, walking or electric cars.
Carey continued: “In launching F1’s first-ever sustainable development strategy, we recognized that all organizations must play a key role in addressing this global problem. We hope that by harnessing the great talent, passion and innovation of all members of the F1 community, we will have a tremendous positive impact on our environment and our communities. What we do today will reduce our carbon footprint and ensure that we achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030. “