Formula 1 Impact Report Claims Reduction in the Sport’s Carbon Footprint

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Formula 1 has released its first Impact Report, revealing that the sport is on target to meet the goals set out in its sustainability strategy.

The comprehensive report shows how the strategy is being successfully delivered through F1’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) activities, plus the latest carbon footprint calculations show a 13% reduction in the sport’s carbon footprint compared to 2018.

As carbon data from 2023 continues to be collated and calculated, the 63-page document reveals F1’s carbon footprint data from the 2022 season – the first representative year to be measured following the COVID-19 pandemic – and includes details on how the sport will continue to deliver and make further progress.

The 2018 baseline was confirmed back in 2019, when F1 launched its sustainability strategy with the goal to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2030, leave a legacy of positive change wherever it races, and build a more diverse and inclusive sport.

F1 made a commitment to cut carbon emissions by a minimum of 50% versus 2018, a target set using science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its definition of Net Zero emissions, and following the guidance set by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

The report sets out the sport’s next steps to further reduce its carbon footprint and achieve the remaining 37% reduction – including a focus on the logistics sector that accounts for almost half of the total footprint.

Formula 1, the F1 teams, race promoters and partners, have been reducing carbon emissions by transitioning to renewable energy and making logistical shifts towards remote operations and sea freight. While the report’s carbon data reflects the 2022 season, it also highlights several environmental activities from 2023 as progress continued with significant new innovations.

A new fleet of DHL biofuel-powered trucks also reduced logistics-related carbon emissions by an average of 83% during the European season.

Over 75% of promoters used renewable energy sources to power aspects of their event in 2023, ranging from trial activations to the entire Grand Prix weekend, compared to 50% in 2022. Specific examples include:

The Austrian Grand Prix reduced relevant emissions by more than 90% in the pit lane, paddock, and broadcast compound through a next-generation energy pilot. That trial is expanding in 2024 and beyond.

The solar farm at the Bahrain International Circuit produced 5.28 MW of clean energy between the 2022 and 2023 Grands Prix – enough renewable energy to cover all the circuit usage for F1 with significant capacity to spare.

The British Grand Prix was fully powered by green energy alternatives. This included 2,746 solar panels and the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel in all temporary generators.

Away from energy, the Las Vegas Grand Prix also launched a first-of-its-kind water conservation programme in efforts to implement technologies that can reduce, and eventually offset, outdoor water consumption at large-scale sporting events.

2023 saw Formula 1 retain its FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation, the highest level of environmental sustainability recognition from the sport’s governing body, while becoming the first motorsport championship in the world to have all member teams achieve the same status.

“Sustainability is one of the most important factors to us not only as a sport, but as a business.” said Stefano Domenicali, President & CEO, Formula 1. “It is no longer enough for us to simply deliver great action and wheel-to-wheel racing 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.”