Formula One Wants to Become Carbon Neutral by 2030

A few days after unveiling its new 2021 cars, Formula One has now announced a plan that calls for all events to be sustainable by 2025 and the sport to achieve a net zero-carbon footprint by 2030.

The carbon reduction projects will start immediately, according to officials from Liberty Media, which owns the championship.

“We recognize the critical role that all organizations must play in tackling this global issue,” said chairman Chase Carey in a statement. “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.”

Carey said the current V6 turbo hybrid power engines, in use since 2014, were the most efficient in the world and delivered more power from less fuel than any other car.

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“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,” he added.

Sustainable materials will be used at all Grand Prix events, with all waste reused or recycled, and single-use plastics will be barred.

There will also be incentives offering fans a greener way to get to the races.

Other initiatives include moving to ultra-efficient logistics and 100-percent renewably powered offices, facilities and factories.

No word on material and personnel transportation, which combine for more than 70 percent of total F1-related emissions in 2019.

McLaren became the sport's first carbon-neutral team as far back as 2011.

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