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Formula 1 Sets pace for sustainability with ambitious environmental goals

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Formula 1 has made significant strides in its commitment to sustainability, according to its latest Impact Report, which outlines the sport’s achievements and future goals in line with its comprehensive sustainability strategy. With initiatives spanning from reducing the carbon footprint to promoting diversity and inclusion, Formula 1 is demonstrating how a global sports entity can lead in environmental stewardship and social responsibility. 

The report, released by Formula 1, reveals a 13% reduction in the sport’s carbon footprint compared to 2018 figures, marking substantial progress towards its ambitious target of achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2030. The sport’s President & CEO, Stefano Domenicali, emphasized the broader role of Formula 1, stating, “It is no longer enough for us to simply deliver great action on the track, we need to ensure that we are doing so in a sustainable way so our sport can thrive long into the future.” 

This strategic pivot is not just about reducing emissions but also involves a holistic approach to sustainability that touches on all facets of the operation. Significant advancements include the transition to renewable energy sources, logistical shifts towards more sustainable practices, and the introduction of innovative technologies like sustainable fuel and biofuel-powered vehicles. 

In 2022, the sport witnessed several key developments: 

  • Sustainable fuel trials: All F2 and F3 cars trialed a 55% sustainable fuel, moving closer to Formula 1’s goal of using 100% sustainable fuel by 2026. 
  • Green logistics: A new fleet of DHL biofuel-powered trucks reduced logistics-related carbon emissions by an average of 83% during the European season. 

Energy Efficient Operations: Over 75% of race promoters used renewable energy sources at events, with the Austrian Grand Prix reducing emissions by more than 90% through an energy pilot project. 

Furthermore, the report highlights Formula 1’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the sport. Initiatives like the F1 Academy aim to nurture young female talent, supporting their progression in motorsport, while the Discover Your Drive program seeks to increase the pipeline of talent from underrepresented backgrounds. 

As the sport continues to evolve, Formula 1 is not only setting benchmarks for environmental action but also cultivating a more inclusive and equitable environment. The impact of these efforts extends beyond the racetrack, influencing wider societal norms and inspiring other organizations and industries to follow suit. 

Looking ahead, Formula 1 remains committed to its role as an innovator and leader in sustainability. The continuous improvement in sustainability practices is set to position Formula 1 as a model for how global sports can contribute positively to the planet and its people, aligning thrilling sports action with critical environmental and social objectives. 

Dr. Edward Mungai
Dr. Edward Mungaihttp://www.edwardmungai.com/
The writer, Dr. Edward Mungai, is a global sustainability expert. He is the Lead Consultant and Partner at Impact Africa Consulting Ltd (IACL), a leading sustainability and strategy advisory in Africa. He is also the Chief Editor at Africa Sustainability Matters. He can be contacted via mailto:edward@edwardmungai.com

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