Formula 1 has announced that the sport will have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. This sustainability plan will encompass the entire the Formula 1 cars, on-track activity, and the rest of the operations as a sport. 

With the current hybrid power unit, The Formula 1 cars are already one of the most efficient cars in the world, delivering more power using less fuel than any other car. The combination of sustainable fuels and energy recovery systems presents an opportunity to develop a net-zero carbon hybrid power unit.

As with all other aspects from the car development such as aerodynamics and brakes design, Formula 1 aims to bring the technological advancements from their hybrid power unit downstream to the mass automotive sector.

In addition, Formula 1 is also targeting a 2025 deadline to achieve net-zero carbon at every race on the calendar. All single-use plastic will be eliminated, replaced by recyclable or compostable materials. 

The 2021 Formula 1 cars will still be utilising the 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid engines.

The sport will also work with promoters and track management boards to set-up lower/zero carbon transport methods for fans to reach the races.

However, by far the most carbon-heavy aspect of the sport is the logistics between races. In the estimated 256,551 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by F1 in 2019, 45% of that is a direct result from the transportation of various equipment by the teams and the sport itself.

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Formula 1 will be maximising logistics and travel efficiency through process and volume optimisation, and will be using the least CO2 intensive transport method available. 

Aside from track related operations, all F1 and team facilities, including factories and venues will also transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Zero carbon technologies for HVAC systems and mobile power will also be adopted by the entire sport. 

For unavoidable emissions within the sport, Formula 1 will utilise verifiable biological and technical carbon sequestration programmes to fully offset these emissions. 

Formula 1 Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey 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,” he added.