F1 provides progress report on ‘tireless’ sustainability drive
Formula 1 is carrying out “tireless” work behind the scenes in its bid to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, according to the motor-racing series’ Head of Sustainability, Ellen Jones.
In a progress report on its sustainability drive, F1 outlined the key steps taken this year surrounding its strategic pillars in the space, which include a pledge to leave a legacy of positive change and to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, alongside its net-zero commitment.
So far this year, F1 has maintained its FIA 3 Star Environmental Accreditation and launched a Net Zero by 2030 campaign to reinforce its overarching goals, whilst additionally hiring a new Head of Sustainability and Sustainability Coordinator.
Since making the net-zero pledge, which will involve transitioning to 100% sustainable fuels by 2030, F1 has significantly reduced its carbon footprint. The series has introduced remote broadcast operations, redesigned freight containers to allow more efficient aircraft to be used, and switched to completely renewable energy in its offices.
The series is also working towards regionalising the F1 calendar and is collaborating with race promoters to create a sustainability plan for each event, complete with year-on-year targets. In 2022, more than 80% of promoters were involved in community initiatives, including surplus food donation to local charities and engagement with local causes.
Over 80% of promoters also reduced their reliance on single-use materials by increasing the availability of recycling facilities and refillable cups, and over 70% started offering more environmentally friendly ways of attending races through public transport. More than half of the promoters started powering their events with alternative energy sources like solar panels, green tariffs and biofuels.
“We’re now three years into our journey to Net Zero by 2030 and it’s fantastic to see the progress that’s been made already,”
“The work that’s going on behind the scenes to bring this strategy to life is tireless and we are confident that we are building strong foundations for the future of our business and sport.”
“We are committed to making Formula 1 more sustainable and increasing diversity and opportunity across this incredible sport. We remain focused on these very important objectives and have continued to make strong progress in 2022."
“We have delivered important initiatives on our journey to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030, expanded our scholarship programme for underrepresented groups and announced the F1 Academy that will provide opportunities for young female drivers to begin their journeys to the highest levels of our sport. We are proud of what we are delivering, but we know we must continue to make progress and deliver positive lasting change for Formula 1.”