Image via Twitter: Formula 1
Image via Twitter: Formula 1
The gas-guzzling of Formula 1 will undergo a massive change over the next decade as bosses have promised to create the world’s first “net zero-carbon hybrid internal combustion engine”.
Jumping on the green wagon, the powers-that-be wish to eliminate the carbon footprint of not only the cars but all on-track activities.
In the world of big money and fast cars, never let it be said that Formula 1 drivers don’t have a social conscious – or at least some do.
Earlier this year reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton spoke of his changed to a vegan diet, urging all his fans to follow the plan.
He also spoke of his desire to become carbon neutral, acknowledging that Formula 1 is anything but.
“Yes we are travelling around the world, yes we are racing F1 cars,” he said. “Our carbon footprint is larger than the average homeowner [but] you shouldn’t be afraid to speak out for something that can be a positive change.
“I’m trying to fly less through the year and mostly flying commercial. That has been a big change in my habits.
“Obviously I’ve changed my diet [to become vegan] which is quite a drastic difference. I have a new Smart electric car at home; I’ve sold several of my cars.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel agreed with Hamilton’s sentiment.
“It is very difficult for us to have acceptance from the outside because we don’t have the smallest [carbon] footprint,” he said. “The races are around the world and we do have to travel.
“But I feel F1 should do more. It is a worldwide operating platform and we should send a more positive message.”
Liberty Media, F1’s owners, evidently agree with the drivers and have laid out sustainability plan with the aim of achieving a net zero-carbon footprint for the sport by 2030.
“We recognise the critical role that all organisations must play in tackling this global issue,” said chairman Chase Carey.
“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.”
While Carey outlined plans to ensure that all grand prix events are sustainable by 2025, one of the big change Formula 1 will need to make is to the engine.
At present the cars are fitted with V6 hybrid turbo engines.
He added: “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 that hugely reduces carbon emissions around the world.”
Announcing that F1’s total carbon emissions for 2018 was 256,551 tonnes, the sport plans to reduce that through several steps.
Single-use plastics will be eliminated and all waste reused, recycled or composted.
With much of the sport’s carbon emissions created through travel, both team personnel and freight (together estimated at 75%), plans are in place to “move to ultra-efficient logistics and travel” while the teams’ factories and office buildings, which create 19%, will be “100 per cent” powered by renewable sources.
Added to that, F1 will also “provide incentives and tools” to ensure fans can reach grand prix venues in a “greener way” while “providing opportunities for local people, businesses and causes to get more involved in the action during a Formula 1 race weekend”.