Formula One has revealed an ambitious strategy to achieve “net-zero carbon” emissions by 2030.
Following the successful introduction of new gasoline (E10) containing 10% ethanol, which will cut overall carbon emissions, F1 is collaborating with all major fuel manufacturers to develop a 100% sustainable fuel that will be released with a new engine formula in 2026.
“With the development of a 100 per cent sustainable fuel, slashing the use of single-use plastics and reviewing travel and freight logistics – these are just some of the things Formula 1 as a sport is working on as part of its commitment to be ‘net-zero carbon’ by 2030,” Formula One said in a release.
This effort will encompass the Formula 1 cars, on-track action, and the rest of the event operations. The plan is the result of extensive collaboration with the FIA, sustainability specialists, Formula 1 teams, promoters, and partners, resulting in an ambitious yet feasible delivery schedule.
F1 established ambitious aims three years ago as part of a larger sustainability strategy and has since been working with the 10 teams, race promoters, partners, suppliers, broadcasters, and the FIA to minimise the sport’s carbon footprint.
Future F1 calendars will be built to improve freight and transport logistics, allowing the sport to move more effectively around the world.
Carbon reduction strategies for F1 fans travelling to events are being examined, as are more efficient transport arrangements.
With eight years till 2030, F1 is on track to meet its goal.
Synthetic sustainable fuel to be used from 2026
Formula One has created a synthetic sustainable fuel that will be released in 2026 as part of its plan to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
Synthetic fuels are created through an industrial process and emit just the carbon that was removed from the atmosphere to create them. The fuel can be utilised in normal internal combustion engines and may aid in the decarbonization of the automotive sector.
It will be utilised in new-generation hybrid engines in F1 starting in 2026. These will boost the proportion of power produced by the hybrid component of the engine over the already super-efficient motors utilised since 2014.
In a statement highlighting its progress toward its net-zero ambitions, F1 re-emphasised its commitment to entirely sustainable fuels.
The goal is that these fuels will be widely used to cut carbon emissions while millions of internal combustion-engined vehicles remain on the road, despite many countries moving toward electrification.
Despite the fact that many Western countries plan to prohibit the sale of new internal combustion-engined cars between 2030 and 2040, electric vehicles are estimated to account for fewer than one-third of those on the road by 2040.
Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for only 1% of global car sales in 2020.