Formula 1’s new sustainability plan has outlined that the current travel and logistics model makes up almost three quarters of its entire carbon footprint.
Formula 1 has outlined details of how it intends to become a ‘net-zero’ carbon neutral enterprise by the year 2030. The plan was announced on Tuesday morning, with details also revealed of its current footprint.
According to its own report, Formula 1 will emit a total of 256,551 tonnes of CO2e in 2019. The biggest contributor to this is, unsurprisingly, the logistics of moving the Formula 1 equipment from race to race. This includes sea, road and air travel of all team and Formula 1 equipment, as well as tyres.
27.7% of the footprint is made up by business travel, ie. the movement of all F1 affiliated personnel between races and events. Hotels are included in this figure.
Team facilities and factories are next up, emitting just over 50,000 tonnes between the ten teams, Formula 1 and the FIA. This includes all offices, factories and facilities.
Surprisingly, this leaves actual Formula 1 Grands Prix at just 8.1% of annual emissions, with 7.3% of this being attributable to the operations of a Grand Prix. This includes circuit energy use, teams, Paddock Club, broadcasters and all the various small draws on energy over a race weekend.
The smallest offender is the power unit. The ultra-efficient hybrid power units may continue to draw the derision of purists but there’s no arguing with its efficiency. Emissions from the cars over 20+ Grands Prix a year is at just 0.7% – a total of 1796 tonnes of CO2e over a season.
The Formula 1 statement regarding improvements in every area states that the plan is to ‘Maximise logistics and travel efficiency through process and volume optimisation and by using the least CO2 intensive transport available’. For the teams and facilities, the plan is to slowly transition to renewable energy sources and to use carbon neutral technology for climate control and energy requirements.
While the power unit and the cars are very efficient already, the aim is to improve on this further through use of ever more sustainable fuels, with the intention being to ‘Position F1 at the vanguard of the automotive sector, delivering the most powerful and efficient race cars on earth propelled by sustainably fuelled hybrid power units.’
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