Formula 1 unveils plans to go carbon neutral

12 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Formula 1 has announced plans to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, as well as ensuring all events are entirely sustainable by 2025.

The motorsport series says the plan comes as a result of a 12-month process which has involved the FIA, sustainability experts, Formula 1 teams, promoters, and partners and will see carbon reduction projects begin straight away,

The sport, which will include a record 22-race calendar in 2020, says that it will work to ensure “ultra-efficient logistics and travel and 100% renewably powered offices, facilities and factories,” are put in place to ensure sustainability off the track. On it, meanwhile, Formula 1 will not get rid of the internal combustion engine inside of its cars, but says it intends to deliver a hybrid power unit which produces a net-zero carbon footprint. 

Chase Carey, Chairman, and CEO, Formula 1, said: “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.”

Despite obvious sustainability issues for the sport, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of automobile innovation and some of that has changed the way road cars are built. The motorsport series says more than 1 billion of the 1.1 billion vehicles in the world are powered by internal combustion engines and that reducing emissions in this area could have a wider benefit to all road cars.

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