Formula 1 is taking steps towards a more sustainable future by implementing a more efficient energy generation system at the Formula 1 ROLEX GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2023. This trial is expected to achieve a significant reduction of 90% in carbon emissions compared to last year’s Austrian Grand Prix. The aim is to explore sustainable solutions to power events and reach Net Zero by 2030.
During the event in Spielberg, a low-carbon energy system will be used to power various areas, including the garages and motorhomes of Formula 1, F1 Teams, and the FIA, as well as the Pit Wall, the Timing Room, and the Formula 1 Event Technical Centre (ETC) where the at-track broadcast operations take place.
The energy system will rely on more sustainable sources, such as a hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel and solar panels. Specifically, there will be 600m2 of solar panels installed on the inner field of the final corner at the Red Bull Ring, providing an estimated 2.5MWh of energy throughout the event.
Aside from reducing carbon emissions by 90% in the powered areas, this pilot will also make powering the event easier and more reliable by eliminating the need for teams to provide their own generators. It will create a more efficient and sustainable operations system.
This trial serves as an opportunity for Formula 1 to gather valuable data and analyze the effectiveness of the new energy generation system. The hope is that it will lead to the implementation of a more streamlined system at future events. This is just one of the many initiatives Formula 1 is taking to transition to greener energy operations and eventually achieve a Net Zero status by 2030.
Some of the other initiatives introduced in 2023 include DHL’s use of biofueled trucks to deliver the European leg of the season, resulting in a minimum 60% reduction in emissions compared to traditional fuel. Additionally, biofuels will be used in the ETC, TV compound, and other technical generators at nine planned races this season in collaboration with host promoters. Furthermore, a battery power solution will be trialed for the TV compound at the Formula 1 AWS GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2023, aiming to reduce energy generated from diesel by 42% and significantly reduce generator run time.
Ellen Jones, Head of ESG, Formula 1, expressed Formula 1‘s commitment to driving innovation and making a meaningful impact on the world through sustainability. She highlighted that the trial in Austria showcases Formula 1‘s dedication to developing new ways of working and delivering events in a more sustainable manner.
Ian Stone, Logistics Director, Formula 1, emphasized the importance of sustainable operations and how this energy trial aligns with the goal of achieving Net Zero by 2030. He also noted the logistical benefits of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, highlighting the potential for a more streamlined approach to powering Grand Prix events.
With these initiatives and trials, Formula 1 is taking significant steps towards a greener future, committed to reducing its carbon footprint and leading the way in sustainable sports events.