The programme, launched in 2019, counts on the introduction of sustainable fuel for the next-generation power unit in 2026.
However, it will also bring changes in the way the sport operates, including the reduction of transportation-related emissions, which account for two-thirds of the sport’s carbon footprint. All 10 teams, F1 logistics, and race promoters are working to make these reductions through measures such as remote broadcast and renewable energy tariffs.
Ellen Jones, F1’s head of environmental, social and governance, outlined the programme’s three pillars: net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, hosting more sustainable events, and ensuring the sport is more diverse and inclusive.
While the transition to sustainable fuels is necessary, transportation and personnel travel reductions will play a critical role in cutting F1’s carbon footprint.
Interestingly, racing fuel only accounts for less than 1% of emissions, meaning cultural changes in each individual’s decision-making will be essential in fulfilling F1’s goal.
F1’s logistics partner, DHL, is also supporting emission reductions by switching air freight to more efficient 777s and using a fleet of biofuel-powered trucks. However, the ultimate goal requires race promoters’ cooperation in changing the traditional dates of events. Jones highlighted that F1’s goal is to balance all variables, including hosting more sustainable events, reducing carbon emissions and maintaining promoter satisfaction as much as possible.